Falcons fire Quinn, GM Dimitroff after 0-5 start

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Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who saw their team start 0-5 for the first time since 1997 after a Sunday loss to the Carolina Panthers, have been fired.

Team president Rich McKay will assume day-to-day oversight of football operations in the interim, according to a statement Sunday from the Falcons. An interim head coach is expected to be announced Monday.

Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, both former head coaches of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are candidates for the interim job, along with assistant head coach/linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich. Ulbrich was slated to assume head-coaching responsibilities if Quinn contracted COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.

“Decisions like these are very difficult, but the previous two seasons and start to this one have been especially hard for me because of the deep love, admiration and respect I and my family have for Dan, Thomas and their families,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “For many years, they have represented me, our team, organization and Atlanta with class, commitment and all the passion you would want in the leaders of the team.

“But as everyone knows,

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