The Atlanta Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals 40-14 on Sunday, snapping their five-game losing streak. But that’s probably not going to be enough to save a couple of jobs. Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, there’s a good chance both their offensive and defensive coordinator will be out of a job by season’s end.
However, head coach Dan Quinn isn’t likely to go anywhere.
There’s a strong possibility of significant changes to Dan Quinn‘s #Falcons staff, including replacing OC Steve Sarkisian. One name to keep in mind: ex-#Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, who actually spent a few weeks in camp working with Atlanta‘s defense. pic.twitter.com/2zg3iNlW5N
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 18, 2018
This season, the Falcons have fallen to 5-9. They only team keeping them out of last place in the NFC South is Tampa Bay (via tiebreaker). Offensively, Atlanta ranks ninth in yards (379.3) and 10th in points (25.4) per game. Defensively though, their issues are far more worrisome. Injuries aside, and there have been plenty of them, the Falcons rank 24th in yards (377.4) and 29th in points (27.2) allowed per game.
In other words, offense clearly isn’t the issue. Matt Ryan is having a stellar season under center. Only having halfback Devonta Freeman available for two games stings. Tevin Coleman has done just fine in his place, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Julio Jones just got past the 1,500-yard receiving mark on Sunday. If everyone is healthy, this offense can be a problem for most teams in the league. But defensively, there is no easy fix.
So should the Falcons get rid of both coordinators?