Falcons fail to play fast and physical in must-win for coach Dan Quinn

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ATLANTA — Dan Quinn’s mantra when he became the Atlanta Falcons coach in 2015 was to play “fast and physical,” particularly on the defensive side of the ball, with Quinn being a defensive-minded coach.

His 2020 team is not living up to those words, and that could cost Quinn his job.

The Falcons, playing without star receiver Julio Jones, fell to 0-5 Sunday after a 23-16 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. No team in NFL history has recovered from an 0-5 start to make the playoffs in the Super Bowl era.

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The pressure has been on Quinn for weeks to turn things around, but now his hot seat is hotter than ever. It’s up to owner Arthur Blank to decide whether he just chalks up 2020 as a lost season and waits until season’s end to make a coaching move, or if Blank thinks someone on the current coaching staff can provide a jolt in an interim role the rest of the way. Or

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