The Atlanta Falcons dropped their fourth straight game to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, falling to 4-8 on the extremely disappointing season
Though many teams tend to make sweeping changes when they fall short of expecttions, Falcons owner Arthur Blank hinted that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn are safe for next year.
"We're sitting here at 4-8," Blank said, per Jeff Schultz of The Athletic. "When there was chatter that we were Super Bowl contenders, and then this ... it's difficult to go through. It's tough on everybody...I haven't lost any faith in Coach Quinn or Thomas. They'll do the evaluations that's needed."
The Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will play host to Super Bowl 53 this year. The organization had hopes that they'd be the first city to host and play in a Super Bowl during the same year.
But injuries to key players like Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, Andy Levitre and Devonta Freeman have led to a miserable year in Atlanta. Quarterback Matt Ryan has bounced back nicely (3,814 yards and 25 touchdowns), but the defense has been terrible without some of its top playmakers.
The Falcons are just two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, and they were one play away from reaching the NFC Championship last season. Firing Quinn and Dimitroff - who's assembled one of the NFL's most talented rosters - after one unlucky season would be uncharacteristic for Blank.
Atlanta will get another top-10 draft pick this year, and there will be some quality free agents available to help the team get back on track for next year.
What This Means
Blank is a patient owner who has a short history in making sweeping changes across the front office and coaching staff. He has every good reason to believe that Quinn and Dimitroff will get them back on the winning track next year, given their success over the past two years.