Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Sunday’s game against the Saints is “looming particularly large” for HC Dan Quinn, who has been on the hot seat for a good portion of the season.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said previously that he wants to take a few weeks to evaluate the situation.
Rapoport was told recently that Blank wanted to at least get through Week 13’s game to help make a determination regarding potential leadership changes for the team.
According to Rapoport, Quinn is being evaluated on a week-to-week basis right now, but a bad loss to the Saints on Sunday could make this a situation to watch in the coming days.
The Falcons are off to a 1-7 start on the year and while Quinn has made some notable changes including replacing all three coordinators and taking over defensive play-calling duties, the results obviously haven’t been there.
Last week, Quinn announced three changes to their coaching staff, which moved some assistants to different roles.
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 37-35 (51.4 percent).
We’ll have more regarding Quinn as the news is available.