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FLOWERY BRANCH Black Deion Jones Jersey , Ga. (AP) — Widespread changes came quickly following the014.Changes were expected, and out are offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong — all fired on Monday.Coach Dan Quinn announced the firings and said he will take over the defense.“All three of these men are excellent coaches that I have a lot of respect for,” Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “While these are difficult decisions, we know we have a group of players here we are excited about and in order for us to consistently play true to our identity in all three phases we thought we needed some changes.”Falcons owner Arthur Blank said recently he still has confidence in Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Still, changes were expected after a 7-9 finish.The change in the leadership of all three phases of the team came quickly, even after the Falcons closed the season with three straight wins, including Sunday’s 34-32 win at Tampa Bay .The strong finish wasn’t enough to save the jobs of the coordinators.Manuel came to Atlanta with Quinn from Seattle in 2015 as secondary coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2017.“Marquand is a talented coach and excellent teacher that I have coached with for a number of years,” Quinn said. “I believe he should have the opportunity to call plays for a defense, so we have decided to allow his contract to expire so he can explore those opportunities.”Armstrong had led the special teams since 2008, Mike Smith’s first year as coach. Sarkasian was in his second season.Quinn said Sarkasian “has shown he’s a good coach and play caller.” Quinn said he decided the offense needed new leadership.“After evaluating the entire season, I decided it was necessary that we had a new voice and direction for our offensive unit Deion Jones Jersey 2019 ,” Quinn said. “I have a ton of respect for Sark, both personally and professionally, and I appreciate all he’s done during his time here.”Quinn and Dimitroff have scheduled a Thursday news conference as the team begins looking for new offensive and special teams coordinators.Only two years after their 2016 Super Bowl season, the Falcons were hurt by injuries and inconsistent play this season, Quinn’s fourth as head coach.“We didn’t make the standard this year,” left tackle Jake Matthews said Monday before the firings were announced. “… It isn’t good enough, not making the playoffs.”It won’t be easy for the Falcons to be gracious hosts at the Atlanta Super Bowl on Feb. 3. After winning at least one postseason game in two straight seasons, Atlanta had high expectations this year but couldn’t overcome losing nine players to injured reserve.Starting running back Devonta Freeman played in only two games. The IR list also included safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen and linebacker Deion Jones, who returned for the last five games .It was a season of inconsistency. The Falcons started 1-4 before winning three straight to return to .500. They then lost five consecutive games, scoring no more than 20 points during the devastating stretch. Already eliminated from the playoffs, the Falcons closed with three straight wins.“I think it leads to optimism for us moving forward,” Ryan said after Sunday’s game.Ryan passed for 4 Mohamed Sanu Jersey 2019 ,924 yards with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions — almost an exact match for his 2016 MVP season, when he threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions.There will be no MVP talk this year, but Ryan showed his big 2016 season wasn’t a career outlier.Even in a year both starting guards and running back Devonta Freeman suffered season-ending injuries , the Falcons had a top-five passing attack. Julio Jones led the NFL in yards receiving , rookie Calvin Ridley had 10 touchdown catches and tight end Austin Hooper had 71 receptions.Monday’s firings support the belief this team underachieved, even with all the injuries.“We’ve got plenty of talent around here and we expect a lot from ourselves,” Matthews said.Quinn and Dimitroff face decisions on such pending unrestricted free agents as defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, running back Tevin Coleman, guards Andy Levitre and Ben Garland, and defensive ends Bruce Irvin and Derrick Shelby. Cornerback Brian Poole is a restricted free agent.After making 20 of 21 field goals in 13 games this season Black Mohamed Sanu Jersey , kicker Matt Bryant, 43, told The Associated Press Monday he plans to return next season.“I’d never have envisioned it going this far,” Bryan said of his 17-year career. “It has, so just ride it as long as you can.” The Falcons have pledged to protect their QB and need to deliver, in spite of his excellence." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesThe Falcoholic homepageHorizontal - WhiteThe Falcoholican Atlanta Falcons communityFollow The Falcoholic online:Follow The Falcoholic on TwitterFollow The Falcoholic on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchThe Falcoholic main menuFanpostsFanshotsLibraryFalconsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Matt Ryan thrives under pressure, but that doesn’t mean he should have toNew,44commentsThe Falcons have pledged to protect their QB and need to deliver, in spite of his excellence. EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Matt Ryan thrives under pressure, but that doesn’t mean he should have toTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Todd Kirkland/Getty ImagesMatt Ryan has become a diamond. The man shines under pressure.That was true last year, when he recorded one of the highest passer ratings in football under pressure. It was true in this last preseason game, when Ryan did this under duress:The Falcons are blessed in this regard Stitched Kemal Ishmael Jersey , because Ryan has faced a lot of pressure in his career and has only gotten better at navigating it over time. He’s comfortable getting the ball out quickly and hanging on and making a tough throw with a hand in his face, and so a little pressure—or even a lot of it—isn’t necessarily gamebreaking.That said, the kind of pressure Ryan saw against the Jets is a capital P Problem because the Falcons geared their offseason around preventing it. As Jeanna Thomas noted Saturday, right tackle has become mildly terrifying and despite it being a preseason effort, the line looked overwhelmed to an extent that is legitimately concerning. If that spills over into the regular season—if Ty Sambrailo gets annihilated, Jamon Brown or James Carpenter is shaky, and Chris Lindstrom proves to not quite be ready for primetime—the Falcons are going to hear it given the dollars and resources they expended to quote-unquote “fix” the offensive line.It’s too early to say that’s what will happen, thankfully, but it’s something to monitor closely the rest of the way. Our one spot of comfort is that Matt Ryan has dealt with worse and done quite well in the past, and looks primed to do so again in 2019 should the need arise.

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