Merry Christmas to all! Here’s our Falcons wish list for the end of the year, and we hope you get what’s on yours for both the team and, you know, life in general.
Play the young guys
At 6-9, the Falcons have nothing to play for. That’s why it’s way past time for them to give some of their young guys an extended look in their last game of the season. Rather than giving 5 to 10 snaps to guys like John Cominsky, it’s time to give them a featured role on the field. Put Deadrin Senat out there. Let’s see Qadree Olison get more than one carry. How about playing Jordan Miller or even slide Matt Gono in at left guard. It’s not like there’s a big difference between 6-10 or 7-9. I highly doubt winning this game is going to be the turning point for keeping/firing Dan Quinn. Play the young guys so we have some idea what we have going into 2020. - David Walker
The details won’t be there, but here’s what I want from this Falcons team at the end of this season: A good plan. A clear direction. An understanding that 2020 won’t bring more of the same. You get the picture.
I’m girding myself for Arthur Blank to keep Dan Quinn, but it can’t be done without changes to the coaching staff and potentially front office. If he does clean house—which I think is the right play—it needs to be with a plan to bring in a coach who can maximize what’s on this roster and a plan to dig out of their current cap purgatory without gutting the team. I don’t think whatever move is made will be an impulse decision by any means, but after two straight deeply disappointing seasons, as a fan I’d like very much to know how things are going to get better, even if it’s only the loose outline of the plan. - Dave Choate
Figuring it out
Heading into 2020, I’m not sure if the Falcons roster is set, if the coaches know what they are doing, or if the team needs a reset. I don’t know if anyone employed by the team knows, either. The team feels either hopeless or full of potential, depending on the week. Are Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff the ones who can figure this out? After over a decade with Dimitroff and five seasons with Quinn, it still isn’t clear. Those two, or their replacements, need to figure it out. - Matt Chambers
The Atlanta Falcons are unfortunately playoff-less this season and now stand at a crossroad heading into the offseason. Do they fire head coach Dan Quinn? Do they fire general manager Thomas Dimitroff? Do they fire both? Will Dirk Koetter remain as offensive coordinator? Will we see a number of surprising roster cuts to save much needed cap space? Whichever direction the team ultimately travels, let’s hope that it is one that is clear and one that will allow the team to maximize their assets: A franchise QB, a top-notch receiver, an excellent #2 receiver, a Pro Bowl defender on the defensive line, and secondary that has plenty of promise. - Eric Robinson