Atlanta Falcons continue to play for Dan Quinn’s future
The Atlanta Falcons started the season 1-7 and Dan Quinn was on his way to being kicked out of Flowery Branch.
That no longer seems like the likely scenario. Since the bye week, the Atlanta Falcons have been 5-2 with wins on the road against New Orleans and San Francisco.
Week 16 saw the Atlanta Falcons continue their run after a solid all-around performance against Jacksonville, 24-12. The Atlanta Falcons had over 100 yards on the ground and almost 400 yards through the air.
It was 14-0 before the jaguars even had the ball.
Along the way, two offensive weapons break records and extend streaks.
Matt Ryan now becomes second all-time in the NFL for most consecutive 4,000 passing yards with nine straight seasons. He is currently the active leader as Drew Brees – who owns the number one spot with 12 seasons – ended his streak in 2018.
Ryan also went on NFL Network earlier in the week and stated how he hopes that the team’s recent form will be enough for Arthur Blank to bring Dan Quinn back for one more season. 2020 would be the final year of Dan Quinn’s contract.
Julio Jones also had another big day. Jones now becomes the fourth player all-time with 55 games over 100 yards receiving. He is tied at fourth with Marvin Harrison. Jones is 21 games behind first-place Jerry Rice. In addition, Jones is now the fastest receiver ever to get over 12,000 receiving yards.
Next up for Julio is consecutive 1,200-yard seasons. Only four more to go to beat out Rice. Jerry Rice had nine straight 1,200 yard seasons, Julio is currently sitting at six. With 84 yards next week against the Bucs, Julio will extend his own NFL record of consecutive 1,400-yard seasons to six.
I look forward to seeing both Matt Ryan and Julio Jones represent the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame one day.
Vic Beasley is a guy who was being shopped around at the trade deadline and was about as good as gone. Quinn’s changes after the bye week have really changed his play over the last seven games.
Now, Beasley is starting to show why he is fifth on the Atlanta Falcons all-time sack leaders list.
During Beasley’s 77 games as a Falcons, he has totaled 37.5 sacks. That is four sacks behind Travis Hall (1995-2004) in 56 fewer games.
After not having a hot market at the deadline, it seems the Atlanta Falcons may be a team that will pursue Beasley in the offseason, that’s if the cap space allows for this.
Beasley will also have a chance to get two sacks in Week 17 against Tampa and give him 10 sacks on the season; first since 2016.