Atlanta Falcons greatest years are under the guidance of Thomas Dimitroff

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  • Head coaches:                                                 4
  • Starting quarterbacks:                                   9
  • Wins:                                                                  60
  • Losses:                                                               81
  • Division Titles:                                                  0
  • Playoff appearances:                                     1
  • Playoff wins:                                                     0
  • Double-digit win seasons:                            0
  • NFC title game appearances:                       0
  • Super Bowl appearances:                             0

The 1970’s would bring much of the same to the Atlanta Falcons franchise that they ended the 1960’s with. During this decade, the franchise would have four different head coaches – Norm Van Brocklin, Marion Campbell, Pat Peppler and Leeman Bennett; none of which would experience great success as the leader of the franchise.

Wins were very hard to come by as a franchise during the decade, as the franchise would experience just three winning seasons; 1971, 1973 and 1978. They would have 4 seasons of double-digit losses; 1974-1976 and 1979. During the 1970’s, nine different quarterbacks would start a game for the Falcons including former Cal quarterback, Steve Bartkowski, whom the Falcons would take first overall in the 1975 NFL draft. Other notable draft picks from the 1970’s, Mike Kenn in 1978. Both Kenn and Bartkowski are in the Falcons Ring of Honor.

Despite going 6-10 in 1979, the Falcons had to feel good about where they were entering the new decade. They had a stable coach in Leeman Bennett, a young gun at quarterback in Steve Bartkowski and one of the best young left tackles in the league in Mike Kenn. Would the 1980’s be any different for the Atlanta Falcons?