FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – There is some real soul-searching and evaluating going on within the Falcons organization right now, and it seems everyone is under the microscope.
That evaluation doesn’t apply to players only. As Falcons coach Dan Quinn looks for answers, he will take a hard look at the staff he’s put in place as well.
“As we’re sitting here at Week 15, we have four wins,” Quinn said. “So you’d better believe we’re evaluating everything and doing anything to get it right.”
The Falcons are in the midst of a five-game losing streak and are coming off a 34-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers where the team, according to coach Dan Quinn, showed a lack of “focus.” Atlanta had 13 penalties in the loss and a few other mistakes popped up throughout the game.
A lack of consistency to play at a high level in all phases of the game has been noticeable during the team’s five-game skid, but it’s also something that has been a trend this year. Injuries, of course, put the coaching staff in a tough spot early on, but there has been time to adjust to that adversity.
“It hasn’t been to the level that we’ve needed to for a while, not just in the last few weeks,” Quinn said. “To have some of these inconsistencies show up over an extended period of time has been definitely something that’s been at the front of my mind.”
A number of younger players saw increased playing time during Sunday’s game against the Packers, giving Quinn and his staff the chance to see how guys respond in different roles. Quinn made it clear that will likely continue over the final three games, which will allow him to get more clarity on how to utilize certain players in the future.
But it’s also clear that players aren’t the only ones who will be getting looked over in the coming weeks. Quinn hasn’t seen the improvement he’s been looking for, and now he’s seeking to find out why.
“As we’re going through it, from players to staff to everything, we want to make sure we look at the body of work,” Quinn said. “And get clear, concise evaluations on everybody. When you’re standing where we’re at, it’s not what you want to do, but that’s part of it and what we’re looking at for sure.
“If you’re clearly at four wins during this time, then we have not met expectations.”