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What will it take for Dan Quinn to remain as the Falcons head coach in 2020?

An impressive win in New Orleans has created doubt in the minds of some fans. Are you one of them?

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After a series of changes during the bye week, Dan Quinn has the Falcons looking far better than their 1-7 record would suggest. Thumping a 7-1 Saints team at home now has many fans wondering just how strong this team can finish. While Quinn has certainly saved his position for now, can he actually save it for the 2020 season as well?

That sounds far-fetched and probably is, but Arthur Blank’s affection for Quinn is obvious and free-flowing wins might convince him to do something we wouldn’t have thought possible a couple of weeks ago.

Tell us what your measurement is for Dan Quinn to stay on as head coach in 2020. How high is that bar? Or, are you already done? Here are some options below (with a poll), but feel free to let us know your reasoning in the comments below.

Nothing - he’s done

The 1-7 start was too much. No matter what happens from here on out, you’ve seen all you need to see from Quinn to know he’s not the guy to take this team to the promised land. Not even a 9-7 finish and a playoff berth could convince you at this point. Hasta la vista, Dan.

Superbowl win

Okay, so maybe you’re still incredibly cautious. You see the talent on this roster - guys like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett - and you think this team should be so much better. Yet, you know that in the NFL, stranger things have happened. You’re incredibly skeptical this happens, but if it does - you gotta keep him. You get a ring, you’re locked in, Dan.

Make the playoffs

Let’s be honest, in order for this to happen the team is going to have to win out. Go 9-7, get in the playoffs and you will have completely flipped the script on the season. The NFC has a lot of good teams this year, but stranger things have happened. If Dan Quinn can take a 1-7 team and get back to the playoffs, it would show he has what it takes. It would show he has learned a lot of important lessons as a head coach this year and he definitely deserves another opportunity.

Finish strong

Finishing 6-2 in the last 8 games would put the team at 7-9 and still be an impressive recovery. Getting 7 wins puts you at .500, and Quinn’s time in Atlanta will still only have one losing season (2018). Finish strong and he will deserve the opportunity to show he can be better in 2018.

Vote in our poll below.


What will it take to save Dan Quinn?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Nothing - he’s done
    (435 votes)
  • 9%
    Superbowl win
    (160 votes)
  • 26%
    (444 votes)
  • 36%
    Finish strong
    (609 votes)
1648 votes total Vote Now