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Falcons Set to Fire Head Coach Dan Quinn After 0-5 Start to 2020

It sounds like the Dan Quinn era in Atlanta is about to come to an end.

Rumors have it the Falcons are set to fire their head coach, and that Jeff Schultz of TheAthletic.com reports that Quinn’s firing has been “all but finalized” to take place in the next 48 hours.

Sunday the Falcons got off to a quick start, but as they have all year they faltered, losing at home to the South divisional rival the Carolina Panthers 23-16.

The Falcons led the game 7-3 after one quarter, but the Panthers piled up 17 points in the second quarter on their way to the seven-point win.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the game he’s hopeful that the club would not get rid of Quinn despite the 0-5 start.

“I hope not. I think Dan’s been nothing but a great coach since he’s been here. We haven’t done a good enough job as a team and as players,” Ryan said, via Tenitra Batiste of 92.9 The Game.

The writing for Quinn was likely on the wall when the team blew a 29-10 halftime lead to the Cowboys in the second week of the season.

The club had a couple chances to close out the game including a flat out embarrassing muff of an onside kick, and the team lost on a last play field goal 40-39.

The team since blowing a 28-3 lead against the Patriots in Super Bowl LI have gone 7-9, 7-9, and now they have started 2020 with an 0-5 mark (14-23 overall).

Falcons WR Julio Jones (Hamstring) Questionable for Sunday’s Game

It sounds like the status of leading Falcons wide out Julio Jones is again going to be up in the air for Sunday’s game against the rival Panthers.

The wide out is officially “questionable” for Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury that he reinjured in Monday’s loss to the Packers.

Jones did not participate in practice all week after leaving Monday’s game early. He also missed the week three loss to the Bears with the hamstring issue.

The 31-year-old only was able to play 21 percent of the snaps a week ago, and with the Falcons at 0-4 it would be great to get him back, but it sounds like with no practice time this week it’s likely he’ll be watching from the sidelines.

Falcons Safety Damontae Kazee Tears Achilles, to Miss Rest of Season

The Falcons will be minus safety Damontae Kazee for the rest of 2020, as the team announced that a torn Achilles will sideline him.

Kazee suffered the injury in the second quarter of Monday’s loss to the Packers in Green Bay.

He was carted off the field. He fell to the ground, grabbing the back of his left leg, and was in obvious pain while being checked by the training staff.

Sharrod Neasman filled in for Kazee, but it remains to be seen if he will continue to be the starting safety or if the team will open up the position.

The Falcons were banged up at the safety spot entering Monday’s game, as the club was missing safeties Keanu Neal, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury and Ricardo Allen out with a hyperextended elbow.

Kazee tied Kyle Fuller and Xavien Howard for the league lead with seven interceptions in 2018, and has played in 52 career games.

Falcons Place Starting CB Darqueze Dennard on IR with Hamstring Injury

The Falcons are placing starting cornerback Darqueze Dennard on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury.

The veteran corner was a standout in Atlanta’s Week 3 loss to Chicago. He recorded six tackles, two pass defenses and one interception, which came on a contested catch against Allen Robinson in the end zone. Dennard was Pro Football Focus’s highest-graded Falcons defender against the Bears, earning a near-elite grade of 82.7. He sustained the injury late in the game and was forced to leave the action.

In addition to placing Dennard on IR, the Falcons signed defensive end Austin Edwards to the practice squad and released cornerback DJ White and linebacker Deone Bucannon.

Falcons Wide Out Julio Jones Misses Practice with Hamstring Issue

The Falcons are in desperate need of a win after two bad weeks on the field to start 2020, but may have to play week three minus one of their top playmakers.

Wide receiver Julio Jones was a non-participant in Thursday’s practice, as he continues to deal with an issue with his hamstring.

In the first two games of 2020 Jones has 11 catches for 181 yards and has yet to score.

If Jones can’t go Sunday against the Bears, expect to see more balls go to wide outs Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Quinn Says No Changes Coming for the Coaches on the Falcons Defense

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, in the wake of the historic collapse and 40-39 loss to Dallas on Sunday, doesn’t plan to make any changes to the defense side in terms of play-calling or in-game decisions, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“No,” Quinn said. “No changes. I’m involved in all of the defensive calls and all of the preparation as well.”

The Falcons (0-2) are set to play the Chicago Bears (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons blew a 20-0 lead against the Cowboys. They also were ahead 29-10 at halftime and by 15 points with 4:45 to play. The defense gave up 30 points in the second half and couldn’t slow the Cowboys enough to hold onto victory.

The Falcons are off to horrendous start on defense after giving up 570 total yards and 33 first downs to Dallas. The defense is ranked last (32nd of 32) in points allowed (39.5 per game), 31st in yards allowed (476.5) and 31st in passing yards (372 yards).

“Well, I didn’t say it’s going to remain as it is from our performance, but in terms of the process that we go through I have a lot of confidence in the staff,” Quinn said. “I have a lot of confidence in the players that we will get the performances that we are looking for.”

Is Falcons CB A.J. Terrell Ready for a Breakout 2020?

As the Falcons get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being CB A.J. Terrell.

NFL.com today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Terrell is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what Jim Trotter had to say about the corner:

I’m going with Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell. The former Clemson star started 30 games for one of the nation’s top college programs, and though he had some issues in the national title game against LSU — what corner didn’t have trouble with that passing game? — he regularly met and exceeded the challenge.

Terrell’s talent and competitive spirit have jumped out to those observing Falcons practices, as he has embraced the challenge of lining up against Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. It stands to reason that if he can hold his own against those two, he should be comfortable matching up against a deep pool of talented receivers in the NFC South.

Video – ATL Pride: The Story of the 2019 Atlanta Falcons

The 2019 season was the Atlanta Falcons’ 54th in the National Football League, their 2nd playing their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and their 5th under head coach Dan Quinn.

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