Jeff Schultz broke hours after the game that the Falcons were planning to move on from head coach Dan Quinn. It was just a matter of making it official. They did that tonight, just minutes ago, and he isn’t the only one heading out the door. Thomas Dimitroff has also been let go of as well after 12+ seasons with the team.
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
Arthur Blank provided plenty of commentary on what led to the decision, which can be read in full on the team’s official site. However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know this has been a long-time coming after the way the Falcons have started the last three seasons. Here’s part of what Blank had to say:
“Decisions like these are very difficult, but the previous two seasons and start to this one have been especially hard for me because of the deep love, admiration and respect I and my family have for Dan, Thomas and their families,” said Blank. “For many years, they have represented me, our team, organization and Atlanta with class, commitment and all the passion you would want in the leaders of the team. But as everyone knows, this is a results business and I owe it to our fans to put the best product we can on the field. We have poured every resource possible into winning and will continue to do so, but the results of late do not meet our standard or what I’ve promised our fans. Therefore, we will install new coaching and personnel leadership of the Atlanta Falcons at the appropriate time.
“Our finish in 2019 earned an opportunity to show that momentum could be continued and built upon, but that has clearly not happened,” Blank continued. “And overall, the last 3-plus seasons have fallen short of my commitment to Atlanta and to our fans everywhere. I want them all to know that my commitment to winning has not wavered and I will continue to provide every resource possible to that end.”
The Falcons are expected to announce an interim head coach on Monday. We will have plenty of more on this in the coming days.
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