Dan Quinn takes over a Falcons team that has given up over 850 points in the last two seasons.
The Atlanta Falcons, after announcing the hiring of Dan Quinn as their new head coach, have given Quinn control over the final 53-man roster, according to reports.
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NFL insider Albert Breer was the first to report that Quinn would have final say over the Falcons roster, though it would mean that GM Thomas Dimitroff and executive Scott Pioli would be responsible for bringing the players into the fold and making all the calls.
Source says Falcons coach Dan Quinn got final say over the 53-man roster. I think Arthur Blank may have conceded as much at the presser.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 3, 2015
Quinn takes over a Falcons team that finished dead last in yards allowed in 2014 and has given up 860 points in the last two seasons – an average of 26.9 points per game.
The offense still has some great young players in QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, but needs to find stability on the offensive line and consistency in the running game.
As the Seahawks defensive coordinator from 2013 to 2014, Quinn coached the Seahawks defense to two straight No. 1 overall defenses – both points and yards – which resulted in two straight NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and a 40-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Falcons fired former head coach Mike Smith after going 10-22 in the past two seasons. In his first five seasons, Smith led the Falcons to four playoff appearances, including a pair of NFC South division titles and two No. 1 seeds.