Atlanta Falcons week two opponent could deliver a knockout blow to Dan Quinn.
After back to back losing seasons and no playoff wins since 2017 when the Atlanta Falcons beat the LA Rams on the road, the heat on Dan Quinn and his coaching staff is off the charts. Given the nonsense that both Quinn and Raheem Morris have spoken this week, they have basically put themselves in a must-win situation.
The problem for the Atlanta Falcons is that the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock.
Thinking about the matchups between Cowboy receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb and Atlanta Falcons defensive backs Isaiah Oliver, A.J. Terrell, and Darqueze Dennard is one only seen in nightmares.
When you add the mobility of Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott into the fold, this offense is loaded and can hurt you underneath, over the top, and out of the backfield. One would hope that Raheem Morris is taking Dak Prescott seriously unlike last week when he admittedly overlooked Russell Wilson.
Atlanta Falcons could get thrown off the field Sunday by the Cowboys.
Remember in 2019 when the Houston Texans led by Deshaun Watson put almost 600 yards of total offense on the board along with 53 points? There is a very good chance that this happens again Sunday in Dallas.
That night, the Atlanta Falcons offense wasn’t bad themselves. They had nearly 400 yards of offense and scored 32 points, which should be enough to beat any NFL team any week. If week one was any indication, the Falcons could give up more than 600 yards and 60 points to the Cowboys this week.
Last week, A.J. Terrell and Isaiah Oliver struggled on double moves. Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore watched that tape Monday and were salivating at the chance to put their receivers on the field against defensive backs that gave up nearly 15 yards a catch last week and gave up more than 60 yards after the catch.
If the Atlanta Falcons start 0-2 and the Cowboys do in fact embarrass them as badly as the Texans did in 2019, Arthur Blank will have no choice but to make Dan Quinn the first head coach fired in 2020. While it would be unfortunate as he is genuinely loved by his players, however, Blank cannot afford to idly sit back and watch his Falcons sink like the Titanic.
For Dan Quinn’s sake, let’s hope that Raheem Morris has a better scheme this week.