Update >> The team has now announced not only the dismissal of Dan Quinn, but also general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
BREAKING NEWS: General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and Head Coach Dan Quinn have been relieved of their duties, effective immediately.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 12, 2020
The Atlanta Falcons are preparing to announce the dismissal of Dan Quinn as the club’s head coach, according to a report Sunday from Jeff Schultz of The Athletic. Schultz tweeted that Quinn’s firing has been “all but finalized” and announcement could come Monday or Tuesday.
The news comes after Atlanta fell to Carolina 23-16 on Sunday, dropping the Falcons to 0-5 on the season.
The 0-5 start follows on the heels of two consecutive 7-9 campaigns. Atlanta was close to making a change last season — Peter King reported it was a matter of “when, not if” the club moved on last October — but the club ultimately opted to retain Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff with changes to the coaching staff.
With an 0-5 record and a 35-year-old Matt Ryan and quarterback, moving on from Quinn could be Stage 1 in a multi-part rebuild.
Of course, the beginning of the Quinn era came on what was supposed to be the best day in Falcons history. The Falcons went 11-5 in 2016, Quinn’s second season, and ultimately reached the Super Bowl before blowing that infamous 28-3 lead and losing to New England in overtime.
In a testament to Quinn’s leadership, Atlanta bucked an NFL trend by making the playoffs in the year following a Super Bowl loss, beating the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional round.
The Falcons did not make the playoffs in 2018 or ’19, and appear headed for last place in the NFC South in 2020. Quinn is 43-41 as the team’s head coach.
The Falcons' firing of Dan Quinn has been all but finalized and an announcement could come Monday or Tuesday, a source told @TheAthletic. The Falcons have started 0-5 for the first time since 1997 and Quinn is 14-23 since 2018. @TheAthleticNFL
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) October 11, 2020
Atlanta represented Quinn’s first head coaching position at any level. He was the defensive coordinator for a Seattle Seahawks team that won the Super Bowl in 2013 and came a play shy of repeating in 2014, and prior to that served as Will Muschamp’s defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Florida from 2011-12.
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