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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff says 2019 season is ‘extremely important’ for coach Dan Quinn

Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons, Dan Quinn

The Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff knows what’s at stake next season for himself and head coach Dan Quinn, but owner Arthur Blank obviously kept the two for next season for a reason. Dimitroff spoke on how crucial next season is in regards to he and Quinn’s future.

“We know it. We’ve talked about it at length. Our football players on the team right now, the talent that we do have know it. And we’re not focused on anything past this season. This is the season we are 100 percent focused on — and that’s what we need and what I need, and what Dan needs going into the offseason.”

The Falcons are only two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Atlanta, unfortunately, could not hold onto a promising 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots. The last two seasons have not ended the way the Falcons had planned either, but at least last season they returned to the playoffs.

Atlanta had an extremely disappointing 2018 season due to many injuries on both sides of the ball. Running back Devonta Freeman was out for nearly the entire season, and key players on defense also missed extended periods.

Safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal both missed almost all of the 2018 season as they both were injured at the beginning of the season. Linebacker Deion Jones was left the biggest void on defense but returned later in the season to his elite form.

The Falcons will need to bounce back in a big way in 2019 and both Quinn, and Dimitroff know it.