Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn and common supervisor Thomas Dimitroff, who noticed their group begin 0-5 for the primary time since 1997 after a Sunday loss to the Carolina Panthers, have been fired.
Staff president Wealthy McKay will now assume day-to-day oversight of soccer operations within the interim, in accordance with a press release Sunday from the Falcons. An interim head coach is predicted to be introduced on Monday.
“Selections like these are very troublesome, however the earlier two seasons and begin to this one have been particularly onerous for me due to the deep love, admiration and respect I and my household have for Dan, Thomas and their households,” Falcons proprietor Arthur Clean mentioned in a press release. “For a few years, they’ve represented me, our group, group and Atlanta with class, dedication and all the eagerness you’d need within the leaders of the group.
“However as everybody is aware of, it is a outcomes enterprise and I owe it to our followers to place the most effective product we are able to on the sphere. We’ve got poured each useful resource doable into successful and can proceed to take action, however the outcomes of late don’t meet our customary or what I’ve promised our followers. Due to this fact, we’ll set up new teaching and personnel management of the Atlanta Falcons on the applicable time.”
Quinn, 50, was within the midst of his sixth season and completed his time in Atlanta with a 43-42 report. He posted back-to-back, 7-9 season heading into this yr after taking his group to the Tremendous Bowl in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign with Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator.
Quinn’s playoff report was a 3-2, together with a crushing, 34-28 time beyond regulation loss to the New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LI after holding a 28-3 third-quarter lead.
Dimitroff joined the Falcons in 2008 and has performed a key position in a interval of success unmatched in Falcons historical past. Since his arrival the Falcons have received 109 video games, been to the playoffs six occasions and received the NFC Championship in 2016.
His drafts have landed franchise cornerstones Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Jake Matthews, Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones and quite a few others who’ve helped the Falcons grow to be one of many winningest groups within the NFL over the past 10 seasons. Since 2008, the Falcons rank eighth within the NFL and 4th within the NFC in wins.
When requested after Sunday’s loss if he would perceive Clean deciding to make a change, Quinn mentioned “it is the furthest factor from my thoughts.”
“It is his job to judge; for me, it is teaching,” Quinn mentioned. “And I will work as onerous as I can to align our group to play like we’re able to enjoying.”
Quinn’s job standing gave the impression to be in limbo after a 1-7 begin final season, however the Falcons closed the season 6-2 after he surrendered the defensive play-calling and moved broad receivers coach Raheem Morris to protection to work with the defensive backs. Morris and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich, now the assistant head coach, assumed the defensive play-calling duties from Quinn at that juncture.
The huge 2019 enchancment led to proprietor Arthur Clean asserting he would retain each Quinn and common supervisor Dimitroff for the 2020 marketing campaign with the expectation of constructing the playoffs. As a part of the settlement, Quinn and Dimitroff needed to report back to group president Wealthy McKay.
Quinn couldn’t carry the momentum from the second half of 2019 into this season. The Falcons opened this yr by dropping video games to Seattle, Dallas, and Chicago, the latter two involving blown fourth-quarter leads of 15-plus factors. The Falcons grew to become the primary group in NFL historical past to lose twice in a single season whereas holding a 15-plus-point lead within the fourth quarter, in accordance with Elias.
“Our end in 2019 earned a chance to indicate that momentum may very well be continued and constructed upon, however that has clearly not occurred,” Clean mentioned. “And total, the final 3-plus seasons have fallen wanting my dedication to Atlanta and to our followers in every single place. I need all of them to know that my dedication to successful has not wavered and I’ll proceed to offer each useful resource doable to that finish.”
A giant a part of the Falcons’ Tremendous Bowl run was the offensive genius of Shanahan, now the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and the Falcons could not duplicate that offensive success beneath Steve Sarkisian, who was fired after two seasons, or Dirk Koetter, who was employed by Quinn after being fired as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Each Sarkisian and Koetter have been requested to take care of the identical ideas from Shanahan’s high-powered assault, which led the league at 33.8 factors per recreation in the course of the 2016 season.
Quinn and Dimitroff have been awarded three-year extensions in July of 2018, extensions that have been speculated to run via 2022. Quinn had a 29-19 report on the time of the extension.