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Report: Atlanta Falcons have 100 percent participation in their phase one offseason workouts

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Fact: Dan Quinn's friends call him "Purple Rain"

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will eventually write a book. It will document in great detail his trials and tribulations as head coach of the Falcons. It will contain anecdotes, juicy tidbits, and derisive references to a certain nose-pickin', gin-guzzlin' blogger named Dave. But it will also lay out his blueprint; that is, the blueprint he used to take the Falcons to the promised land.

"It didn't just happen overnight," Quinn will write. "It took planning, careful planning," he will add. "I also had to bribe Thomas Dimitroff with a bunch of hair pomade and some mountain bike accessories. I really hated that guy." Then he will carefully describe his process and, in particular, how he got the players to buy in.

Quinn is referring to the phase 1, voluntary offseason workouts. They are voluntary and they only require players to lift, condition, and rehab; they're also known as "dead ball" workouts. It's not unheard of for players to skip them. (Remember, aside from the strength and conditioning staff, coaches aren't even allowed on the field for these workouts.) But not at Flowery Branch, apparently. That, Falcoholics, is what we call "buying in."

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