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Report: Falcons Won’t Move Fast in a Decision Regarding Dan Quinn

The Falcons are off to another slow start this season, and many are pointing the finger at head coach Dan Quinn and calling for a change at the top spot.

Not so fast.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that despite the teams’ latest slow start, the the Falcons are not in any huge hurry to make a change and fire their head coach, despite what the numbers look like.

The coach said he won’t give up play-calling duties on defense, this after a week where DeShaun Watson and the Texans offense put up a massive amount of points and yards in a win.

Here’s what Rapoport wrote early Sunday about the coaching situation with the Falcons.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank maintained an optimistic tone this week about his football operation and head coach Dan Quinn despite last week’s blowout loss to the Houston Texans.

According to people familiar with Blank’s thinking, the owner wants to see progress over the next three weeks before the Week 9 bye or changes could come, with Quinn among them.

Traditionally, Blank does not embrace midseason coaching changes. Despite the slow start to this season, the philosophy of judging at the end of the season is still the preferred approach.

With the team struggling, you have to wonder how much of ‘an optimistic tone’ Blank will keep if Quinn and the team continues to struggle.

Dan Quinn Says He’ll Stick with Calling the Falcons Defense Despite 1-4 Start

The seat of Falcons head coach Dan Quinn appears to be getting hotter by the day, and with the team sitting at 1-4, there’s questions about how long he’ll be able to hang on if the team continues to struggle.

CBS Sports reports that Quinn, despite the issues after five games, is not ready to give up the play-calling duties on defense, which might be a good idea so be can focus in on coaching the team.

Here’s the latest on the play-calling and Quinn:

The Falcons finished just 7-9 last season following that whimper of a start and aren’t on track at the moment to finish any better this time around, and a key reason is, well, nearly everything. Their offense has a former league MVP in Matt Ryan, a perennial All-Pro wideout in Julio Jones and one of the best young receivers in the league in Calvin Ridley, and yet they’re averaging only 20.4 points per game — good enough to be just 20th in the NFL in that category.

They’re much worse defensively, currently allowing the second-most points per game by opponents this season (30.4), behind only the winless and hapless Miami Dolphins.

“My job is to fix it,” Quinn said as the team looks to change their path this week against the Arizona Cardinals, via ESPN. “Moments like this are a reminder of why we coach and play, because we love it so much. But my ego would never be as big as the team. I always do what’s best for the team.”

What’s best for the Falcons right now, Quinn believes, is to leave defensive play-calling duties right where they are — with him.

Titans at Falcons NFL Week Four Inactives

Here’s your inactives for today’s matchup between the Titans and Falcons.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Inactives: OT Aaron Stinnie, OG Kevin Pamphile, TE Anthony Firkser, LB Sharif Finch, CB Tye Smith, LB David Long Jr. and DE Matt Dickerson

ATLANTA FALCONS

Inactives: RB Kenjon Barner, DT Deadrin Senat, OT John Wetzel, CB Jordan Miller, OL Matt Gono, WR Olamide Zaccheaus and RB Qadree Ollison

Falcons Working Out a Couple Veteran Safeties Iloka and McDonald

With Keanu Neal lost for the season, the Falcons are bringing in veteran safeties George Iloka and T.J. McDonald for a look today, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports citing sources.

Iloka (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) is the more experienced of the two. He’s played in 99 career regular season games, mostly with the Bengals. Iloka spent last season in Minnesota with the Vikings. He has posted nine interceptions, 32 pass breakups and 362 total tackles so far.

McDonald (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has played 75 games between the Rams and Dolphins, totaling eight picks, 25 pass breakups and 412 tackles.

Falcons vs Vikings NFL Week One Inactives

Falcons

OG Jamon Brown
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
CB Jordan Miller
RB Qadree Ollison
DT Deadrin Senat
WR Olamide Zaccheaus

Vikings

TE Tyler Conklin
WR Josh Doctson
DT Jalyn Holmes
CB Mike Hughes
OG Dru Samia
OT Olisaemeka Udoh
DT Armon Watts

2019 NFL Week One Preview – Three Keys to a Falcons Win Over the Vikings

The Falcons will look to put a poor 7-9 record in 2018 behind them as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings to start the season.

There are plenty of storylines for this game, and here’s a couple quick things to look for in this week one matchup between two NFC teams.

1. Attack the Vikings Line

The Vikings have been trying to upgrade their offensive line, but it’s still a huge question mark as the 2019 season gets underway.

The Falcons defense will need to get in the backfield and disrupt the Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins, and having a good game up front will help the Falcons chances.

Same goes for wrapping up and tackling elusive Vikings back Dalvin Cook, who will look to make an impact after missing last year with an injury.

2. Spread the Ball Around

One way to get the Vikings defense off their game is for Matt Ryan to use each and all of his pass catchers throughout the game.

Sure there’s no doubt that they will look to get their two leading receivers, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridely involved, but let’s not forget about the backs out of the backfield, as well as the tight ends and backup receivers as well.

Ryan needs to have a strong game, and getting off to a quick start with his receivers and pass catchers will help.

3. Watch the Turnovers

The quickest way to lose a game on the road is to give away the ball and let the home team have short fields. It’s easy to say every game to watch out for turnovers, but in this game the Falcons have to be super careful not to give the Vikings easy drives with short fields.

Being smart and not forcing the ball into coverage is going to be the job of Matt Ryan, but also it will be on the running backs and even those on kick returns not to put the ball on the ground and allow Minnesota to have a plus in the turnover ratio.

Video: NFL’s Move the Stick Previews the Falcons at Vikings Week One Battle

Move the Sticks previews the week 1 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Julio Jones and the Falcons Agree to 3-Year, $66 Million Extension

A day before the start of the season one Falcon is very happy, as Falcons pass catcher Julio Jones got his long-awaited contract extension.

The extension is for three years, $66 million deal.

The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season and removes a potentially major headache for the Falcons before Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

Jones starting talking about wanting a new deal last year.

He reported for training camp when the Falcons enhanced his current deal and agreed to discuss a lucrative new extension before this season.

“I love this city and I’m committed to being a Falcon for life,” Jones said in a statement issued by the team.

Last season was another big one for Jones despite the team going 7-9. The receiver caught 113 passes for an NFL-leading 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns.

He’s the fourth receiver in NFL history to have three seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,500 yards, joining Antonio Brown, Andre Johnson and Marvin Harrison.

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