an Quinn was named the 16th
head coach in Atlanta Falcons
history in February of 2015. Quinn
has built his program on a threepillar foundation;
Ball, Battle, and Brotherhood. He
believes these three pillars are the keys to
the club’s success.
The Ball is everything in Quinn’s program.
The offense must have regard for it and protect
it together while the defense must strive
to take it together. It is drilled into the team
every day. It’s not just a practice or game objective. It is a mindset.
Battle; how we do anything is how we do everything. Quinn instills this through competition
at every opportunity and challenges his players to obsess the details in everything together. How
something is done in practice or meetings is how it will be done in the heat of the moment, so the
Falcons will battle every day to be prepared for the moment together.
Brotherhood is the connection to one another that separates us from others. Quinn strives
to build the best culture in sports and the bond that is created between brothers is what
makes that possible.
In four seasons, he has compiled a 36-28 regular season record with two postseason appearances,
while leading the club to an NFC title and its second Super Bowl appearance in 2016.
The Falcons finished their 2018 campaign with a 7-9 record. Although the Falcons had a
rocky season, Quinn rallied the squad to win the last three games of the season to finish
second in the NFC South and complete the season sweep against the Carolina Panthers and
Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Under Quinn’s leadership, the team sent three players
to the Pro Bowl in 2018, Alex Mack, Julio Jones and Austin
Hooper. Jones added another impressive season to his resume
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after the Alabama native led the league in receiving
yards with 1,677 – second-highest of his career – while
also hauling in 113 receptions and eight touchdowns. Jones
recorded 10, 100-receiving yard games this season, breaking
his previous franchise record of nine games (2015).
In 2018, the focus and dependence shifted to the veteran
leadership of Matt Ryan among others. Ryan remained
one of the positive constants for the team throughout 2018.
The 11-year veteran finished the season with 4,924 passing
yards, 35 touchdowns, and a 108.1 passer rating, all of which
were the second-best in his career. Quinn’s trust in Ryan
also paid off in the offense finishing in the top-10 in total
yards (sixth), passing yards (fourth), and third-down conversion
The season saw the emergence of S Damontae Kazee,
who tied for the league lead in interceptions with seven,
while LB De’Vondre Campbell led the team in tackles for the
first time in his career. DT Grady Jarrett continued to grow
into one of the premier defensive linemen in the league after posting career highs in sacks (six),
hits on the quarterback (16) and forced fumbles (three).
During the offseason, Quinn hired Dirk Koetter, who will take over the play-calling for the
offense and Ben Kotwica, who will oversee special teams for the 2019 season. Along with
those changes, Quinn will also take over the defensive play-calling responsibilities for the
first time since 2016.
The Falcons battled their way through the 2017 season, finishing with a 10-6 record, marking
the third time that the club has posted back-to-back seasons of 10-or-more wins. The Birds
came out of the gate hot, winning their first three games, including the inaugural game at Mercedes
Benz Stadium with a 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers. Following the quick start,
Atlanta would struggle through the next month dropping four of its next five games. Despite this
stumble, the resilient mindset that Quinn instilled in his team helped the club rattle off five wins
over its next seven games leading to a win-and-in scenario in Week 17.
The battle-hardened Falcons turned in an impressive performance in the season finale, coming
away with a 22-10 win over the Panthers to lock up a second-straight postseason berth.
Atlanta went into its Wild-Card matchup as an underdog as they faced the Los Angeles Rams and
the NFL’s top-scoring offense. Bolstered by tone-setting special-teams play, Quinn’s veteran
offense found its footing while the young defense shined in a 26-13 win. The Falcons ultimately
fell short in the NFC divisional game, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia
Eagles, 15-10, in a tightly contested game.
This team produced four Pro Bowlers in 2017: Julio Jones, Mack, Deion Jones, and Neal. Julio
Jones and Mack were each named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in their careers. The pair also
each earned second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Deion Jones
and Neal were named to their first Pro Bowl squads in only their second seasons.
While the young defense improved over the course of the 2016 season, Quinn knew that the