Dan Quinn on 2017 dropped passes: 'You thought you were mad...'

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February 27, 2018 - 2:41 pm
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Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn joined The Midday Show with Rick Kamla and John Michaels on Monday to talk about the upcoming NFL scouting combine and to discuss what the Falcons had ben up to during the offseason. Here were some of the topics during their almost-20-minute conversation:

  • There is a definite benefit to the combine. The team does a lot of work heading into the combine so they can use it as a tool, said Dimitroff. “It’s not game video, but it’s an important part of the process.”
  • [2:30> Dimitroff said while it seems like a better value to take offensive line depth in the draft, it takes a long time to develop.  Quinn said the medical and interview portions are very significant, then he said the team goes back and looks at tape.
  • [4:14> There is no timeline for Matt Ryan contract. But Dimitroff did say that the contract will determine how they will be able to build the rest of the team.
  • [5:24> “Let’s get our scoring offense in line with how we would like it,” Quinn replied to what he would like to see offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian improve from 2017 to 2018.
  • [7:48> In terms of free agents wo wore a Falcons uniform last season, Dimitroff said the team is focused on keeping this group together as much as possible and feasible.
  • [8:29> The Falcons will continue to look and add depth at tight end, said Dimitroff.
  • [9:00> Quinn said the defense made a great jump in 2017 and foreshadowed an even bigger jump if they can get the Falcons’ turnover margin improved: “You’ll see another jump with the defense.”
  • [11:05> “You thought you were mad, you should have been in some of these meetings,” Quinn said on the issue of dropped balls. Quinn said this is a player-led team in a lot of respects and expects the problem to be addressed at the player level and with players & coaches working together.
  • [12:24> Dimitroff said Takk McKinley took some major steps in Year 1 after coming in very raw.  
  • [14:01> The Falcons are not considering trading Tevin Coleman. Period. “Trade is not in our thought process,” said Dimitroff.
  • [14:33> If you like running back play, the NFC South (the Falcons and Saints especially) is great. Quinn laid out a small portion of his ball-carrier philosophy. “It’s pretty rare that one guy is going to take all the reps, all the pounding,” Atlanta head coach said.
  • [15:40> Wes Schweitzer made significant strides in 2017. It’s unfair to say he’s locked in at right guard. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are locked in. “He [Schweitzer> is one of our toughest competitors,” … “He is one hell of a tough competitor. I’ve got a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for where Wes can go with his game,” said Quinn. Anyone getting done with his first year, it’s unfair to say he’s locked in at a position.