The Atlanta Falcons on Sunday fired former head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after the team suffered yet another disappointing loss that dropped the team to 0-5 on the season.
Quinn finishes with a 43-42 record in nearly five and a half seasons with Atlanta. Since he led the team to Super Bowl LI in the 2016 season, Quinn's teams made the postseason just once and the Falcons went 24-29.
In particular, Quinn's tenure in Atlanta will be marked by blown leads. The Falcons notoriously lost that Super Bowl against the Patriots, 34-28, despite having a 28-3 lead in the third quarter.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn watches play against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Photo: The Associated Press)
The trend continued this season. The Falcons became the first team in 20 seasons to lose two games in which they held leads of at least 15 points in a single season. Atlanta did so in Weeks 2 and 3 against the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
"For many years, they have represented me, our team, organization and Atlanta with class, commitment and all the passion you would want in the leaders of the team," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement on Quinn and Dimitroff's dismissals.
Quinn is the second NFL coach to be fired this season after the Houston Texans ousted Bill O'Brien last Monday.
On Sunday, the Falcons lost to the division-rival Carolina Panthers, 23-16, marking the first time since 1997 the franchise started 0-5.
Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 27 of 37 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, continuing the trend of Atlanta's defense putting up notably poor performances. The Falcons are giving up an average of 32.2 points a game this season.
Dimitroff had been the Falcons' GM since 2008. Blank opted to bring back both Quinn and Dimitroff for this season after Atlanta closed out 2019 on a 6-2 run.
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