According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Falcons owner Arthur Blank will evaluate HC Dan Quinn and the team over the next three weeks to see if a coaching change is necessary this season.
Rapoport says Blank will be looking for positive changes ahead of the team’s Week 9 bye before shaking things up. Blank traditionally prefers not to make midseason coaching changes, waiting until the end of the season to make a proper evaluation.
However, the Falcons defense has struggled immensely during the team’s 1-4 start to the season, culminating in allowing 53 points in a loss last week to the Texans. Quinn took over the defensive playcalling last season after Atlanta’s defense also struggled, but so far it has not improved.
The Falcons’ next three games ahead of the bye are at the Cardinals (1-3-1), then home against the Rams (3-2) and Seahawks (4-1).
Quinn, 49, got his start in the NFL in 2001 with the 49ers as a defensive quality control coach before being promoted to defensive line coach. He spent time with the Dolphins, Jets and Seahawks in the same position before being promoted to defensive coordinator in Seattle in 2013.
Quinn was hired by the Falcons as their head coach in 2015. He helped guide the team to a Super Bowl appearance in his second year in 2016 and has a career record of 40-34.
We’ll have more regarding Quinn as the news is available.