Falcons fans: the wait is finally over. According to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic, Arthur Blank is pulling the plug on the Dan Quinn era and firing the sixth-year head coach. An official announcement is expected to be released early this week.
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
On Sunday, the Falcons lost to the Panthers and looked rather lifeless on the way to their first 0-5 start since the 1997 season. After beginning the season 0-3, the firing of Quinn looked inevitable, and things have only gotten worse since then.
At least over the first three weeks of the season, the Falcons looked competitive. They just couldn’t finish the job. Against the Packers and Panthers, they played like a defeated team that no longer believed they could win. There was no reason to let things continue as they were.
This is the first time Arthur Blank has moved on from a head coach in the middle of the season. There has not yet been a report on who will replace Quinn as the interim head coach, but we will provide updates as soon as they are released.
Quinn had his moments with the Falcons, but as the years go by, the only thing he will be remembered for is his mishandling of the clock in the Super Bowl that led to an improbable comeback by the Patriots. Here’s to a new era of Falcons football, and hopefully, a much more successful one.