Volin: Dan Quinn Is On Fire Right Now

Just how hot is Dan Quinn's hot seat? In a word, scorching.

The DA Show
October 07, 2019 - 11:44 am

Jay Gruden lost his job Monday, and Dan Quinn could be next.

Indeed, the Atlanta Falcons lost their third straight game Sunday to fall to 1-4 on the season. 

Just how hot is Quinn’s hot seat?

“He might be on fire today,” Boston Globe senior NFL writer Ben Volin said on The DA Show. “You might have to get out the fire extinguisher and douse him out today. Arthur Blank is not going to fire him now, but they better show some drastic improvements in all phases or else Dan Quinn might not finish out the season.” 

The Falcons had no answers for the Texans on Sunday. Deshaun Watson was 28-of-33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns, and Houston rushed 34 times for 166 yards  (4.9 yards per carry) and a score. It all amounted to a 53-32 loss.

“When you’re a defensive coach and your opponent is putting up 53 points on you, that is not a good sign,” Volin said. “Dan Quinn’s seat was already very hot entering the season. They weren’t able to capitalize on the Super Bowl a couple years ago; they missed the playoffs last year; and when a coach is replacing all three of his coordinators – offense, defense and special teams – in the offseason, you know there’s a lot of pressure on him to win. It’s just looking ugly in Atlanta right now.”

Matt Ryan threw for 330 yards and had four touchdowns (three pass, one rush), but much of that came in garbage time. Julio Jones, meanwhile, has been underwhelming, with seven catches for 94 yards in his last two games combined. 

Three of the Falcons’ four losses have come by at least 14 points.

“They have a lot of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Volin said. "For whatever reason, it’s just not clicking. After sinking $100 million guaranteed into Matt Ryan and $66 million guaranteed into Julio Jones this offseason, the Falcons just look really out of sorts right now. They better start stringing together several wins, or else the Falcons will probably be looking for a new coach next year.”

The Falcons play the Cardinals (1-3-1) in Arizona this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. ET.