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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Dec. 6

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Dan Quinn’s honest hour leads us to Green Bay.

Baltimore Ravens v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Coach Quinn’s press conference poker face is well established, but he allowed some in-house truths out of the locker room during yesterday’s availability. It’s a welcome change from DQ as the Falcons look to address some glaring problems ahead of Sunday’s match-up with the similarly floundering Packers. You want some more unvarnished truth to start your Thursday? I’ve got great news for you: It’s in today’s Falcoholinks.

Quinn lays it plain

Touched on above, Dan Quinn isn’t known much for unbridled candor during pressers. He’s endlessly positive, preferring to view the team’s shortcomings through the prism of “challenges to be overcome” than downright deficiencies. He shed the spin on Wednesday with one simple word: Terrible.

Quinn was responding to a question posed by ESPN’s Vaughn McClure about the defensive line’s effort to stop the run against the Ravens. He could muster that one word: Terrible.

It’s a welcome change from Coach Quinn, who prefers to hold his players accountable within the confines of the Flowery Branch facility. He’s put the defensive line on notice heading into the Green Bay game — we’ll see how they respond.

The Falcoholic Crossfire Podcast

An argumentative podcast for argumentative people. We like to fight among ourselves here at The Falcoholic, often including self-esteem eviscerating putdowns and immature nicknames, so we figured the we may as well put it on tape.

The Falcoholic Crossfire Podcast is back with the editorial staff going at one another on a number of topics. Does Matt Ryan get into the Hall of Fame without a ring? Is Dan Quinn falling into the same traps that befell Mike Smith? Do Dave Choate and Matt Chambers understand the concept of time when formulating an answer? Can Jeanna Thomas finally be bossed?

It’s all here. Be sure to give it a listen.

Later, Schraeder?

Ryan Schraeder has had a season to forget. Many of us have suspected that he’s been playing with a nagging injury all year, but that doesn’t dismiss that his level of play has fallen off of a cliff.

Coach Quinn made a change last week with Zane Beadles getting the start at right guard, and there may be another move for this week’s game: Ty Sambrailo at right tackle.

Cue the ominous music.

Sambrailo was seen taking snaps with the first-team offense on Wednesday, which indicates that he’s in line for the start against the Packers.

Coaching changes to come?

Much has been made of potential coaching changes in 2019 — particularly in the case of Steve Sarkisian and Marquand Manuel. There’s likely going to be some new faces coaching positional groups, but our James Rael advises you to not hold your breath if you’re looking for massive turnover with the Falcons’ staff.