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Falcons owner Arthur Blank fires coach Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff

Thomas Dimitroff, Dan Quinn, Falcons

Sunday, bloody Sunday. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has seen enough. He not only fired head coach Dan Quinn, but he also fired general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

After the Falcons lost at home to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday to fall to 0-5, it was expected that Dan Quinn was done in Atlanta. Everyone in the NFL and within the Falcon inner circle knew that Quinn was coaching for his job this season. A pair of spectacular collapses against the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears in back-to-back weeks underscored how broken the Falcons had become.

Blank, as the owner who watched Quinn come within an eyelash of winning the Super Bowl three and a half years ago against the New England Patriots, gave his coach every reasonable chance to fix the problems on the team, but the 0-5 start — with three losses at home — closed the door on the former Pete Carroll assistant who very nearly became the first Falcons coach to win a Lombardi Trophy.

The 28-3 meltdown against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will continue to haunt Quinn, who has to wonder if he will get a second look at an NFL head coaching job.

What can’t be lost in all of this is that while Quinn’s exit was expected, general manager Thomas Dimitroff — who helped Quinn build the 2016 Falcons into NFC champions — is also getting the boot. Dimitroff joined the Falcons in 2008 and was part of an era in which the Falcons made multiple NFC Championship Game appearances.

Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay is currently in charge of football operations.

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