Winless Falcons fire head coach and GM as they attempt to salvage season.
Update 10/12/20: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and current Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has been named interim head coach.
The Atlanta Falcons fire head coach Dan Quinn and longtime General Manager Thomas Dimitroff per an official statement from the organization and owner Arthur Blank.
Quinn went 46-44 overall (3-2 in postseason) as Falcons head coach since being hired in 2015, following a successful stint as Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator. Unfortunately for Quinn, he and his Falcons will always be known for blowing a 28-3 lead to lose to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. They also blew multiple leads throughout his tenure, most recently during their 0-5 start this season and have missed the playoffs his last two (and most likely three) seasons.
Dimitroff served as Falcons GM since 2008, following a successful run as New England Patriots Director of College Scouting from 2003-2007 that resulted in two Super Bowl titles. Under Dimitroff, the Falcons made it to the NFC Championship Game twice in 2012 and 2017, along with the aforementioned infamous Super Bowl LI appearance.
Official statement from Falcons owner Arthur Blank:
“Dan Quinn represents everything you would want in a man, coach, teacher or neighbor. He is a man of integrity, character and determination. He’s also a friend anyone would like to have. While we have not achieved the results we all expect, I’m very proud of how Dan has represented all of us and the passion he has poured into leading our team. Dan and Stacey have also given back so much to our community, particularly those serving in the military and their families. They will always have my gratitude and our best wishes for all the very best in the future.”
“Thomas Dimitroff has been with us through a lot, including a vast majority of my ownership of the team. I’ve seen his two beautiful children grow up here and I have great personal affection for him and his family. I’m also grateful for his hard work and contributions to our many successes over the last 10 years. He came in at a time when the franchise needed to rebuild trust in this community. By bringing in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and several others, we changed the trajectory of the franchise and set us up for a run of success the team had never achieved before. I am very appreciative of Thomas’ many contributions to the Atlanta Falcons and wish him great success in his future pursuits.”
Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay will oversee daily football operations as the team searches for a new head coach and GM. If Super Bowl champion offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy of the Kansas City Chiefs isn’t on the Falcons’ head coach shortlist, something is seriously wrong with the organization.
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