Falcons owner Arthur Blank remains confident in coach Dan Quinn, despite falling to a 4-7 record following a 31-17 loss to the rival Saints on Thanksgiving night.
Blank told ESPN on Thursday, “Our coach is not the problem.”
Instead, he pointed to injuries and turnovers as areas of concern for Atlanta. The Falcons lost Pro Bowl players Devonta Freeman, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones early in the season to devastating injuries.
“It’s a reason, but it’s not an excuse,” Blank said of the injuries. “That’s what the coach would tell you. That’s what the players would tell you. There have been some crippling injuries, but other guys have stepped up and played the best they can. Some cases, that’s good enough. In some cases, not quite.”
He added: “I thought it was pretty obvious tonight: We had a few turnovers, which are always brutal. To have four of them, it’s nearly impossible to win. And we couldn’t run the ball tonight, couldn’t stop the run. That’s the story of the game.”
Blank gave Quinn a three-year contract extension in the offseason to reinforce his commitment to his head coach, but there are some questions surrounding other members of the coaching staff, specifically offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Quinn also indicated Thursday there could be changes coming to the offensive line, ESPN notes.
Quinn, who led Atlanta to the 2016 Super Bowl, has expressed support for his assistants all season, though the Falcons’ offense has averaged 17.3 points per game over the past three matchups.
With Thursday’s loss to the Saints, the Falcons’ playoff hopes have all but ended.