Not much good can be taken from a 1-5 start, without saying a word, the Atlanta Falcons are speaking loud and clear on how they feel about Dan Quinn.
There are some bright spots for the Atlanta Falcons and we will get to those over the next couple of days; there is something that needs to be written now – Dan Quinn has lost the locker room and it could not be clearer.
There were several points during today’s broadcast on FOX where the cameras panned the Falcons sideline and it was clear that those that suit-up for the Falcons no longer respect Dan Quinn as their coach. I am sure they respect him from a man-to-man perspective, but players know how to get coaches fired and their body language and play on the field are showing just that.
Time after time this afternoon, players were unresponsive on the sideline, looking past coaches and teammates and were counting down the time they have left. They are uninspired and lethargic, oftentimes showing minimal effort at the snap of the ball.
We hear from captains such as Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett that the team has great weeks of practice but then look unprepared on the field and give less than full effort. The players are telling anyone paying attention they are done playing for Dan Quinn and the staff that he has put together.
There is a thought that everyone overvalued the Falcons roster and the talent within it, however, after much thought that is not the case. Sure, this roster lacks in areas like starting corners, but overall there is a ton of talent on this roster.
The only conclusion that leaves is the players no longer want to play for Dan Quinn. Arthur Blank has a tough decision to make and he has to make it sooner than he wants, while firing nice guys is not easy to do, the future success of his franchise depends on it.