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Dan Quinn: Don’t sweat the offensive performance from the third preseason game

We agree with him, for the record.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Quinn watched the same football all of us did Saturday night. He saw Matt Ryan throw a pick off a tipped pass that Levine Toilolo didn’t attack, and he saw the offense generally playing embarrassing football that we haven’t seen since...well, last preseason. All of that made for an unpleasant evening when the defense wasn’t on the field.

Should we worry about it, though? I’ve been saying nah, and now no less an authority than Quinn himself is also saying nah.

As far as I’m concerned, this should end any debate. The Falcons are going to take the small lessons you can pull out of preseason ugliness and apply them to the regular season, when this same offense will have Julio Jones and Taylor Gabriel available for more than ten snaps, and Devonta Freeman will be back running the football. I’m not guaranteeing another historic season from this unit, but I am guaranteeing they’ll rarely if ever look as ugly and inept as they did against the Cardinals in that preseason game.

No uproar, then. You heard the man.