Dan Quinn Says He’ll Stick with Calling the Atlanta Falcons Defense Despite 1-4 Start

The seat of Falcons head coach Dan Quinn appears to be getting hotter by the day, and with the team sitting at 1-4, there’s questions about how long he’ll be able to hang on if the team continues to struggle.

CBS Sports reports that Quinn, despite the issues after five games, is not ready to give up the play-calling duties on defense, which might be a good idea so be can focus in on coaching the team.

Here’s the latest on the play-calling and Quinn:

The Falcons finished just 7-9 last season following that whimper of a start and aren’t on track at the moment to finish any better this time around, and a key reason is, well, nearly everything. Their offense has a former league MVP in Matt Ryan, a perennial All-Pro wideout in Julio Jones and one of the best young receivers in the league in Calvin Ridley, and yet they’re averaging only 20.4 points per game — good enough to be just 20th in the NFL in that category.

They’re much worse defensively, currently allowing the second-most points per game by opponents this season (30.4), behind only the winless and hapless Miami Dolphins.

“My job is to fix it,” Quinn said as the team looks to change their path this week against the Arizona Cardinals, via ESPN. “Moments like this are a reminder of why we coach and play, because we love it so much. But my ego would never be as big as the team. I always do what’s best for the team.”

What’s best for the Falcons right now, Quinn believes, is to leave defensive play-calling duties right where they are — with him.

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