The Atlanta Falcons have extended the contracts of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff for three years apiece, running through the 2022 season.
Falcons’ Super Bowl window remains open
While the big news surrounding the Falcons concerns the ongoing contract dispute with all-world wide receiver Julio Jones, the team as a whole remains very much in its Super Bowl window, with quarterback Matt Ryan in the prime of his career, the running attack standing as one of the game’s finest, and the young defense growing into a cohesive, long-term unit.
The Falcons heralded the announcement in two ways: first, with a business-speak statement from owner Arthur Blank: “The partnership between Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff has proven to be as successful as we envisioned back in 2015. I believe continuity in leadership is vital to achieving the highest levels of success in any organization and, with these extensions, we ensure these two leaders will be at the helm of our franchise for years to come. Their shared vision and long view plan has already delivered on a variety of levels and has positioned our team for success into the future. My expectations for our team to represent our city and fans well on and off the field remain very high and so does my confidence in Dan and Thomas to make that happen.”
And second, with some social media “Starsky & Hutch”-style tomfoolery:
We have signed GM Thomas Dimitroff and Head Coach Dan Quinn to three-year extensions through the 2022 season.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) July 25, 2018
History of recent success, mostly
Quinn’s already one of the most successful coaches in Falcons history, which is admittedly a low bar to clear. In his first three seasons, he’s compiled a 29-19 record, including two trips to the postseason, a loss to the Eagles in the divisional round last year and, well, a certain less-than-optimal Super Bowl performance against the Patriots after the 2016 season.
When Dimitroff joined the Falcons in 2008, the team had never posted back-to-back winning seasons. Since then, the team posted a streak of five straight winning seasons from 2008-12 and three straight playoff berths. The 2017 playoffs team had 17 starters that the Falcons either drafted or signed as college free agents.
Both Dimitroff and Quinn face immediate challenges, Dimitroff to get Jones back in the fold, and Quinn, to keep the Falcons’ run of high-level success rolling.
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