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Arthur Blank Says Dan Quinn In Hot Seat

Is Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons sitting in the hot seat? Arthur Blank seems to think so.

The Atlanta Falcons have regressed every year since their Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots in 2016. Things have taken a turn for the worse this season as the team sits at the bottom of the NFC South standings with a 1-7 record. Is Dan Quinn to blame?

With the team destined for another losing season, owner Arthur Blank is considering making a coaching change.

“I would say, much like the coaches said, I’m extraordinarily disappointed in the season,” Blank said. “Nobody would have anticipated 1-7, and the lack of consistency. Today was a prime example of that. … So, we’ll take the next couple of weeks during this bye period of time and evaluate where we are. Whatever decision we have to make will be made for the right reasons for the long term.”

“We certainly have a lot of intelligence on this coaching staff here. Besides Dan, we have three other head coaches Dirk Koetter, Mike Mularkey and Raheem Morris. We have three general managers in the building beyond Thomas Dimitroff — actually four including Rich McKay.”

Arthur Blank Not Happy With How Season Has Gone

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“The knowledge base is here, but the performance is not. And this is a performance-driven business. I understand that”, said Arthur Blank. “And they understand that as well. So we’ll continue to look at everything we can and make the right decisions where we have to make them. I’m not bashful about making those decisions. In almost 20 years, I’ve had to [change coaches four] times, so I understand the responsibility that I have to the fans and to the sponsors and to the players and the coaches to put a winning team on the field. We’re still committed to that 1,000 percent, and that’s not going to change.”

When asked if a coaching change was imminent, Arthur Blank said:
“We are going to do something: We’re going to continue to think really hard and evaluate everything that we can do, as an owner and as a senior management team, and figure out if there’s anything we can do to make some decisions any earlier or any later that would help the process. But we have no plans of making any change right now.”

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