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After the loss to the Carolina Panthers, head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have been let go from the Atlanta Falcons organisation!

Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff fired
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In a rare double firing (if you don’t count GM/HC BoB firing last week) both Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn have been given the boot after they failed to secure their first win of the 2020 season against the Carolina Panthers in week 5. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was asked late last season why he chose to retain coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after the team ended on a 5-2 run to finish 7-9. Blank said he thought the Falcons had turned a corner. The pair could never recover from their devastating Super Bowl loss to the Patriots and many have said they shouldn’t have been brought back after that with it hanging over their heads and the entire organisation.

This might be a move hastened by Bill O’Brien’s firing a week ago from the Texans as they will undoubtedly already be looking at and maybe contacting potential candidates. I, personally, would say that the Atlanta Falcons job is a much more attractive opportunity for potential coaches but the Texans job is nothing to scoff at so the Falcons might not want Houston to get too much of a head start. This is the second firing of the season and it shouldn’t be too long before we see a third in Adam Gase.

What happens next? Look for Blank to hire an offensive-minded coach after back-to-back defensive coaches in Quinn (43-42) and Mike Smith (66-46). With Matt RyanJulio JonesCalvin RidleyRussell Gage and Hayden Hurst signed beyond this season, the Falcons are built to rely on offence more than defence. It might also be extremely challenging to make significant defensive upgrades with the Falcons projected to be more than $20 million over the salary cap heading into 2021. Approximately $124 million in 2021 cap space is tied to five players: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Grady JarrettJake Matthews and  Dante Fowler Jr.

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