Despite calls for his head, Dan Quinn will be back coaching the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. On Friday, the team announced they would bring back the much-maligned head coach next season along with general manager Tom Dimitroff.
Quinn's Falcons started the season 1-7. Since, they've bounced back, going 5-2 in the last seven weeks, including pulling a massive upset over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15. By ensuring he will stay on-board in 2020, it appears as if Atlanta's brass sees a future in Quinn with the team.
Quinn is excited to come back for 2020. “Not every coach gets to see his team fight for him,” he said on Friday, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “And I thought that's very humbling.”
“I've made mistakes and we get to fix them. I think that's the important thing,” Quinn said. “Use these lessons here and not everybody else has the chance to do that.”
Though Quinn's Falcons disappointed immensely in 2019, they made show improvement throughout the year. A large part of that is Quinn realizing where he was wrong. The defensive-minded coach sucked up his pride by letting interim defensive coordinator Raheem Morris calls plays. Morris will be the full-time defensive coordinator come 2020.
While he will be the head honcho in 2020, Dan Quinn will likely enter the season on the hot seat. The Falcons have faltered since their disappointing loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl in 2017.
Expect the Falcons to tinker with their roster heavily in the offseason. If they add some an existent pass-rush and see their young offensive line grow, they could revisit the postseason in 2020.