Dan Quinn: No bar’s been set for my return as coach

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The Falcons won in convincing fashion for the second straight week and quarterback Matt Ryan credited owner Arthur Blank’s decision to stay the course with head coach Dan Quinn after a 1-7 start as a factor in their strong play.

After Sunday’s win over the Panthers, Blank said he thought the “players and coaches” were doing a great job and that “we’ve got to keep it up” over the final six games of the season.

On Monday, Quinn was asked about his future and responded by saying “there’s consequences when you do well and consequences when you don’t.” He was also asked if Blank had set a bar for what needs to happen in those six games in order for Quinn to remain in Atlanta for a sixth season.

“No. We talk weekly about the team, about where we’re at,” Quinn said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “Our conversations we talk about the team a lot. We’ve never gone further than that.”

It’s been an impressive two games, but it is still just two games and the Falcons will have two more in a five-day span when they host the Buccaneers in Week 12 before the Saints visit on Thanksgiving. Should the winning streak extend beyond the pumpkin pie, questions about the chances of Quinn sticking around will start coming more often.

4 responses to “Dan Quinn: No bar’s been set for my return as coach

  1. Seems the coaching shakeup worked. The weird thing is that it took their defense turning it around to actually win games, and Quinn should have been a bigger part of that from the beginning, being defensive minded. Just very odd that of all the pieces that weren’t clicking it was the defense up until 2 games ago. Without a D you’re pretty much KC every year.

  2. drtii, that was the problem. Quinn WAS a big part of the defense in games 1-8. It wasn’t until he pulled Raheem Morris from coaching the WR’s and put him back on the defensive side of the ball (where his history lies) that the defense turned it around. Once Quinn let go of calling the defenses and let Jeff Ulbrecht call 1st and 2nd down defenses and Morris call 3rd down and 2 minute situations that’s when the defense really stepped it up. So by Quinn letting go of some control it really got the D playing well. Question now is why did it take so long to make the change and does the delay in doing so qualify as a firing offense?

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