Atlanta Falcons: Could Dan Quinn be fired during the bye week in 2020?
Atlanta Falcons bye week in 2020 could come at an opportune time to make drastic changes, which will be long overdue.
If the Atlanta Falcons have a losing record after nine games for the third straight season under Dan Quinn, owner Arthur Blank will finally be forced to pull the trigger and fire head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff shortly after him.
The Falcons have the toughest schedule in the league on paper in 2020 and both the front office and coaching staff will have a very short rope with little patience for continued losing. It is no secret that Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff are on the hot seat going into the season.
When looking at the Atlanta Falcons schedule, they could start off the season at 0-2 with losses to Seattle and Dallas. From an objective standpoint, they could also head into the bye week with a 4-5 record.
If the Falcons have a three-game losing streak in the first nine games, the decision will ultimately be made once and for all to hand Quinn his pink slip. Once this does finally happen, defensive co-ordinator Raheem Morris would be named interim head coach. He deserves the opportunity to at least right the ship, turn the team around, become the official head coach and remove the interim tag from his name.
The first quarter of the season will be crucial. Even before the Atlanta Falcons bye week, if they start the season at 1-3 or 1-4, Arthur Blank will most likely pull the plug and put Quinn out of his misery.
Without a standard offseason workout training program, OTAs, and training camp (if this comes to fruition), this should not be used as an excuse. Every team in the league will be facing the same off-season issues due to the global pandemic and players should all be responsible enough to come ready despite the current issues.
We see other teams in the division getting together and holding private workouts in preparation, the Atlanta Falcons roster should be doing this as well.
It will all boil down to whether or not the Falcons can somehow manage to play and sustain a competitive brand of football in the first half of the season. Regardless of the tough schedule and the lack of offseason activity due to the global pandemic, Blank should have a very short rope and will not give Quinn a reprieve again, which he does not deserve anyway.
Make no mistake about it. Either the Falcons have an early or deep playoff run in 2020, or house cleaning begins. It seems as though Quinn’s seat is hotter than Dimitroff’s, but nobody knows for sure other thank Blank himself.
With 17 former first-round picks now on the Atlanta Falcons roster, If they play uninspired football in the first half of 2020 and begin to tune out Quinn again, the Falcons bye week will officially mark the end of the Dan Quinn era in Atlanta.