Matt Ryan: Falcons ‘doing everything we can’ to save Dan Quinn’s job
Dan Quinn again finds himself firmly on the hot seat as another disappointing season for the Atlanta Falcons nears its end, but Matt Ryan made it clear the players still have their embattled coach’s back.
The Falcons are coming off an improbable victory on the road in Week 15, and now sit at 5-9 after a thrilling 29-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Making an appearance on “NFL Now” in the wake of the surprising win, Ryan explained how even if Quinn has lost the faith of the Falcons front office, the players still believe in him.
“He has the respect of the locker room and the guys play hard for Dan,” Ryan said, as shared by Nick Shook of NFL.com. “There’s no question about it. We all appreciate everything that he does for us, the style of coaching, and he’s got great relationships with all of the guys in our locker room. So we love him. We are playing hard and doing everything we can for him.”
Quinn sports a 41-37 record during his time as head coach of the Falcons, a tenure that goes back to 2015. While the team has enjoyed success under Quinn, including an appearance in Super Bowl LI where Atlanta inexplicably blew a 28-3 lead in a loss to the New England Patriots, the past two seasons have been underwhelming at best.
Following a pair of postseason appearances, the Falcons fell off in 2018 to the tune of a 7-9 record, which started whispers that 2019 would be a make-or-break season for Quinn.
Things obviously have not gone well for the Falcons this season, and the disappointing showing may lead to Quinn’s dismissal. According to Ryan, should Quinn be let go regardless of how the team performs in its final two games, it won’t be because the respected coach lost the locker room.