Though some will surely be quick to point to the Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl LI, and Kyle Shanahan’s subsequent departure to San Francisco, as the beginning of the end for Dan Quinn in Atlanta. But really, this past offseason can be pointed to as that moment, when the embattled head coach fired both coordinators following a disappointing season. It was Quinn’s final attempt to save his job, and it has failed.
The Falcons are 1-6, and Matt Ryan looks set to miss at least a game. After Week 6, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Atlanta owner Arthur Blank would not make a decision on Quinn’s future until their Week 9 bye. Since then, the Falcons lost 37-10 to the Rams, lost Ryan, traded away Mohamed Sanu, and in recent weeks, Quinn has given away play-calling duties. The Week 7 defeat to L.A. sure seemed like rock bottom:
Fans screaming “We want our money back” in the tunnel.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 20, 2019
It’s time for the Falcons to fire Dan Quinn, if not past time https://t.co/jYBPjc07h3— The 2020oholic (@TheFalcoholic) October 20, 2019
Monday came and went, and Quinn remained in the job. Which means, barring a shock dismissal in the next few hours, Quinn will guide the Falcons through Week 8 and into their bye week. Week 8 brings the Seahawks to Atlanta, and Seattle will surely be looking to get back on track in an emphatic fashion, and they’ll be well positioned to do so: MVP-favorite Russell Wilson will find himself in a dome against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
If the Seahawks do what they should—go against the Falcons and win with ease—in Week 8, then it is seeming increasingly likely that Blank will do what he needs to do: Fire Seattle’s former defensive coordinator ahead of the Week 9 bye. It’s unfortunate timing, but it’s shaping up for the Seahawks to be the ones to sound the death knell for Quinn, just over four-and-a-half seasons since he left Seattle for a head coaching job.