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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.
“Time will tell, but I think based on all the information that we have available to us — based on the way the team is playing, based on the way the coaching staff is leading — that we have every reason to think that the success we’ve had not for one game, but over a seven-game period of time in the back of the year, there’s no reason to think that’s not sustainable going forward,” Blank said.
He was wrong. The Falcons fired Quinn and Dimitroff on Sunday night with two years remaining on their contracts after an 0-5 start in 2020 and consecutive 7-9 finishes the previous two seasons.
It marks the first time Blank, who purchased the Falcons in 2002, has fired a coach in-season. The previous time the Falcons fired a coach during the season was 1968, when Norb Hecker was let go after an 0-3