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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Fact: Matt Ryan pops and locks, but he flatly refuses to drop it

Atlanta Falcons v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, Falcoholics! I’ll give credit where credit is due: You’re a resilient bunch. Sure, your favorite football team is 0-4 and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Our head coach is hiding in a corner somewhere, clutching a t-shirt bearing a corny, motivational slogan to his chest while slowly rocking back and forth and muttering indecipherable things to himself. Things are, well, they’re bad. But here you are. I’m impressed.

We smoke our links until they reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees, then allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Monday night’s loss

That game was not fun to watch. And the worst part is that we knew it probably wouldn’t be fun to watch, but we watched anyway. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Carter Breazeale’s had some hat tips to give out as well as some head scratchers to call out. Meanwhile, Evan Birchfield tried to make sense of the loss in his weekly statistics piece.

I brought you this week’s 3 up, 3 down, highlighting some of the best and worst individual performances during Monday’s loss. The Falcoholic himself was kind enough to break down snap counts for us. Thanks, Falcoholic. You’re the coolest.

Injuries were plentiful during Monday night’s loss, and we learned Tuesday morning that Damontae Kazee’s achilles injury will end his season. It’s tough to see a player with as much talent as Kazee possesses suffer such a significant injury, but this is the NFL, and these things are bound to happen. I just wish they’d stop happening to the Falcons.

Last but not least, The Falcoholic’s recap of Monday’s loss was good stuff. Go read it.

Where do we go from here?

The Falcons re-signed safety J.J. Wilcox on Tuesday, which was an absolute necessity with Kazee out for the year and the Keanu Neal/Ricardo Allen tandem still trying to recover from injuries.

It’s a race to the bottom for the coaching staff right now. But here’s the most important question: Who do the Falcons fire first, Dirk Koetter or Dan Quinn? The only correct answer is “both.”

The Falcons may be without Julio Jones when they face off against the Panthers on Sunday. Le sigh.

And while you’re at it, it may be time to confront the cold hard truth that firing Dan Quinn won’t lead to a quick fix of this team. Their issues are just too entrenched.