After the Falcons lost another disappointing game Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, owner Arthur Blank gave Dan Quinn a big hug in the post game press conference. That is probably the last time you will see that happen after a loss.
New head coaches in the NFL have a one year honeymoon. They can lose games they are supposed to win and make mistakes that cost games. Dan Quinn’s one year ended about two hours after the Saints game.
Quinn’s mantra all season was for the team to “finish.” What’s troubling is that they did almost exactly the opposite. As if the players were either not listening or didn’t care.
Offensive lineman Andy Levitre had a stupid personal foul call that knocked the team out of field goal range in the fourth quarter. QB Matt Ryan threw another silly interception at the end that cost Atlanta the game.
It’s one thing to lose games when the other team has more talent on the field. Entirely another when your team is making silly mistakes. That all comes down to coaching. Apparently Quinn agrees with that assessment.
“For us the mindset to develop, the finishing, and attitude going after the ball, I totally believe that’s a mental one, ” Quinn said. “I’ve been through that before, in terms of turnover margin is not where you want it and where you can get it to. I know exactly what that looks like and I can’t wait to do it.”
What’s frustrating for Falcons fans is this season could have been so much better. The Falcons were right there at the end in several games and either couldn’t make a play to win or made a play to lose.
This 8-8 season wasn’t close to horrible, but it leaves Falcons fans still wondering if the right guy was hired and that isn’t where owner Arthur Blank wants this team.