Dan Quinn is surviving as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons off an appearance in Super Bowl LI. A game where his team blew a 28-3 lead. A game that Atlanta had won once Julio Jones made a miraculous sideline catch in the fourth quarter. But the Falcons decided to throw the ball once again instead of running the ball and kicking a game-clinching field goal. That game was in 2017. Here in 2019, Quinn needs to be fired.
It is a long time coming. Quinn has overstayed his welcome in Atlanta. The Falcons finished 7-9 last season and are currently 3-9 through 12 games of their 2019 campaign. This will make a person scratch their head when looking at Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Devonta Freeman on the offensive side of the ball.
Quinn needs to be fired after the season along with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. He was a failure as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta needs to admit they were wrong. When the Falcons look for a new coach, they should be looking at Ron Rivera.
Rivera Could Stay in Division
Rivera was recently let go as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. It would behoove the Falcons to keep him in the NFC South and offer him their head coaching position.
Like Quinn, Rivera’s tenure lasted too long. It was time for a chance of scenery for Riverboat Ron. The former linebacker for the legendary ’85 Chicago Bears could go a long way in building a defense in Atlanta. When looking at the Falcons, there is no reason they should be a losing team with their offensive talent. Well, their defense is one of the worst in the league. They are allowing 368.2 yards per game, which ranks 23rd in the league with the Panthers just one spot ahead.
The Panthers are 5-7 this season, which is two games better than Atlanta. Let’s not forget that Cam Newton is hurt and the Panthers are starting Kyle Allen. Also, their No. 1 receiver is D.J. Moore compared to Jones in Atlanta. Yes, Christian McCaffrey is in Carolina but a running back can only do so much when there are not any surrounding skill position players to take the pressure off. Rivera has done more with a worse Panthers’ roster than Quinn could do with a talented Falcons’ team.
Rivera is familiar with the Falcons having played them twice a year for nine seasons. Having coached the Panthers, he would obviously be familiar with them as well. All signs point to Rivera being a good hire for the Falcons once Quinn is finally relieved of his duties as head coach.