Report: Decision on Dan Quinn’s future could be made during bye week

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to an NFL.com report, the Atlanta Falcons could make a decision on Dan Quinn’s coaching tenure during the team’s bye week in Week 9. In fact, the story says owner Arthur Blank wants to see ‘progress’ before the team’s bye week.

The NFL is presently in Week 6. That means, including this week, the team will have three weeks to show the progress that Blank is looking for.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn heads off the field before the game against the New York Giants
Dan Quinn heads off the field before the game against the New York Giants (Getty Images)

If the team fails to reach the unknown expectations that Blank is seeking, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport insists there will be ‘serious discussions.’ The Falcons are off to their worst start in six years with a 1-4 record.

Their lone win came in Week 2 in a 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, the team is on a three-game losing streak.

Their defense has been horrendous. They are giving up 30.4 points per game, which is second-to-last in the league. Only the Miami Dolphins defense is giving up more points through the first five games of the season.

Quinn — who made several coaching changes in the off-season to save his job — fired both offensive and defensive coordinators. He also fired the team’s special teams coordinator in the off-season. Instead of hiring another coach to man the defense, Quinn elected to be the defacto defensive coordinator besides being the head coach.

This never ends well for the coaches, who do this. Quinn — if he is fired during the team’s bye week — will be the second head coach fired during the 2019 NFL season if another coach is not fired before him. The Washington Redskins fired its former head coach Jay Gruden before their team’s Week 6 game.

The Falcons have had only one close game in their last three contests. That came in Week 3 as they were defeated 27-24 by the Indianapolis Colts.

Since that time, the team has been outscored 77-42 in losses to the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans. Atlanta gave up a season-high 53 points in the loss to the Texans.

The team takes the field again this afternoon. Atlanta takes on the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on FOX beginning at 4:05 pm EST.

As the Falcons head coach, Quinn is 37-32 in 69 games. However, the team is 8-13 through the last 21 games.

Barring a significant turnaround, the Falcons are looking at back-to-back losing seasons.

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