In the offseason, in particular, the content keeps coming, but there’s just not as much to write about. You get hotter takes about lesser topics, and you get discussions that would be considered extreme clickbait if they were posted in October. We know that this is part and parcel of the offseason and set our expectations accordingly, and yet there are still articles so audacious and ridiculous that they manage to surprise you.
Bleacher Report delivers today’s unbelievably ridiculous idea in a larger article about the biggest mistakes every NFL team made this offseason. I’ll let the writer tell you what he thinks the Falcons should have done.
Atlanta Falcons: Keeping Dan Quinn?
That question mark isn't there by accident.
Coming off a surprise Super Bowl campaign, the Falcons have done just about everything right this offseason. They didn't lose any key players, they bolstered their defensive front by adding two-time Pro Bowler Dontari Poe and top pick Takkarist McKinley, and they couldn't do much about the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
The Falcons shouldn't necessarily have fired head coach Dan Quinn after blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl, but it's worth discussing. The Falcons didn't win the NFC South and make that run because of Quinn. They got there because Shanahan's offense was the best in football. They got there because they averaged a silly 39 points per game in the six outings that preceded the Super Bowl. They got there because quarterback Matt Ryan was the league MVP.
How much did that have to do with the defensive-minded Quinn? Not a lot. But Quinn is in charge of making key strategic decisions in big moments, and the Falcons botched those moments as they endured one of the worst collapses in the history of American sports during Super Bowl LI.
Was a young team traumatized by that? If so, 2017 could be ugly regardless of how good the Falcons look on paper. If that's how things play out, we could soon be wondering whether Quinn should have taken the fall for that unforgettable debacle in Houston.
Let’s be blunt here: This is a stupid suggestion. It was stupid when people took up the “should the Falcons fire Dan Quinn?” question after a mediocre first season, but it’s in another stratosphere entirely to suggest this after Quinn helmed a Falcons team that went to the Super Bowl in his second year. Quinn has flaws, as he’s proven repeatedly, but he’s also shown himself to be a capable motivator, terrific defensive mind and evaluator of talent, both on his coaching staff and roster. This team appears to have gotten better in the offseason, Quinn has done a great job of keeping the message positive, and he just took a team to a Super Bowl in his second year of coaching.
Thankfully, this is not a common opinion, but let us ridicule it so it does not come up again this year. Dan Quinn is not going anywhere, and nor should he.