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By Shawn Childs, Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Falcons were so close to having the best season in franchise history in 2016. They blew a 25-point lead with a quarter and a half left in the game to leave their fans with the biggest broken hearts of their football lives. In his second season at head coach, Dan Quinn led Atlanta to an 11-5 record improving his career record to 19-13 with two playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He has 14 years of experience in the NFL. The defense wasn't the key to the growth of this team in 2016. The Falcons allowed 406 points, which was the sixth most in the league and 61 more than 2015 (345). They ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed. Richard Smith took the ax for the Super Bowl loss leading to him dropping from defensive coordinator with Atlanta to linebacker coach with the Chargers. Marquand Manuel was promoted in to run the defense after spending 2015 and 2016 as the secondary coach. Manuel is a former NFL player with three other seasons of coaching experience with the Seahawks. Despite showing growth in offensive yards over the previous two seasons (2013 – 14th, 2014 – 8th, and 2015 – 7th), Atlanta struggled to score points in two of those three years (353 – 20th, 381 – 12th, and 339 – 21st). The Falcons finished with the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2016 (540 points – 33.4 per game) while gaining the second most yards. Their success led to them losing offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) who was rewarded with the head coaching job in San Francisco. Atlanta replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who's making the jump from college to the pros. Sarkisian has seven seasons of head coaching experience while spending 2016 as the offensive coordinator for Alabama.

The Falcons were so close to having the best season in franchise history in 2016. They blew a 25-point lead with a quarter and a half left in the game to leave their fans with the biggest broken hearts of their football lives. In his second season at head coach, Dan Quinn led Atlanta to an 11-5 record improving his career record to 19-13 with two playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He has 14 years of experience in the NFL. The defense wasn't the key to the growth of this team in 2016. The Falcons allowed 406 points, which was the sixth most in the league and 61 more than 2015 (345). They ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed. Richard Smith took the ax for the Super Bowl loss leading to him dropping from defensive coordinator with Atlanta to linebacker coach with the Chargers. Marquand Manuel was promoted in to run the defense after spending 2015 and 2016 as the secondary coach. Manuel is a former NFL player with three other seasons of coaching experience with the Seahawks. Despite showing growth in offensive yards over the previous two seasons (2013 – 14th, 2014 – 8th, and 2015 – 7th), Atlanta struggled to score points in two of those three years (353 – 20th, 381 – 12th, and 339 – 21st). The Falcons finished with the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2016 (540 points – 33.4 per game) while gaining the second most yards. Their success led to them losing offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) who was rewarded with the head coaching job in San Francisco. Atlanta replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who's making the jump from college to the pros. Sarkisian has seven seasons of head coaching experience while spending 2016 as the offensive coordinator for Alabama.

The Falcons were so close to having the best season in franchise history in 2016. They blew a 25-point lead with a quarter and a half left in the game to leave their fans with the biggest broken hearts of their football lives. In his second season at head coach, Dan Quinn led Atlanta to an 11-5 record improving his career record to 19-13 with two playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He has 14 years of experience in the NFL. The defense wasn't the key to the growth of this team in 2016. The Falcons allowed 406 points, which was the sixth most in the league and 61 more than 2015 (345). They ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed. Richard Smith took the ax for the Super Bowl loss leading to him dropping from defensive coordinator with Atlanta to linebacker coach with the Chargers. Marquand Manuel was promoted in to run the defense after spending 2015 and 2016 as the secondary coach. Manuel is a former NFL player with three other seasons of coaching experience with the Seahawks. Despite showing growth in offensive yards over the previous two seasons (2013 – 14th, 2014 – 8th, and 2015 – 7th), Atlanta struggled to score points in two of those three years (353 – 20th, 381 – 12th, and 339 – 21st). The Falcons finished with the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2016 (540 points – 33.4 per game) while gaining the second most yards. Their success led to them losing offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) who was rewarded with the head coaching job in San Francisco. Atlanta replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who's making the jump from college to the pros. Sarkisian has seven seasons of head coaching experience while spending 2016 as the offensive coordinator for Alabama.

The Falcons were so close to having the best season in franchise history in 2016. They blew a 25-point lead with a quarter and a half left in the game to leave their fans with the biggest broken hearts of their football lives. In his second season at head coach, Dan Quinn led Atlanta to an 11-5 record improving his career record to 19-13 with two playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He has 14 years of experience in the NFL. The defense wasn't the key to the growth of this team in 2016. The Falcons allowed 406 points, which was the sixth most in the league and 61 more than 2015 (345). They ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed. Richard Smith took the ax for the Super Bowl loss leading to him dropping from defensive coordinator with Atlanta to linebacker coach with the Chargers. Marquand Manuel was promoted in to run the defense after spending 2015 and 2016 as the secondary coach. Manuel is a former NFL player with three other seasons of coaching experience with the Seahawks. Despite showing growth in offensive yards over the previous two seasons (2013 – 14th, 2014 – 8th, and 2015 – 7th), Atlanta struggled to score points in two of those three years (353 – 20th, 381 – 12th, and 339 – 21st). The Falcons finished with the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2016 (540 points – 33.4 per game) while gaining the second most yards. Their success led to them losing offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) who was rewarded with the head coaching job in San Francisco. Atlanta replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who's making the jump from college to the pros. Sarkisian has seven seasons of head coaching experience while spending 2016 as the offensive coordinator for Alabama.

The Falcons were so close to having the best season in franchise history in 2016. They blew a 25-point lead with a quarter and a half left in the game to leave their fans with the biggest broken hearts of their football lives. In his second season at head coach, Dan Quinn led Atlanta to an 11-5 record improving his career record to 19-13 with two playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He has 14 years of experience in the NFL. The defense wasn't the key to the growth of this team in 2016. The Falcons allowed 406 points, which was the sixth most in the league and 61 more than 2015 (345). They ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed. Richard Smith took the ax for the Super Bowl loss leading to him dropping from defensive coordinator with Atlanta to linebacker coach with the Chargers. Marquand Manuel was promoted in to run the defense after spending 2015 and 2016 as the secondary coach. Manuel is a former NFL player with three other seasons of coaching experience with the Seahawks. Despite showing growth in offensive yards over the previous two seasons (2013 – 14th, 2014 – 8th, and 2015 – 7th), Atlanta struggled to score points in two of those three years (353 – 20th, 381 – 12th, and 339 – 21st). The Falcons finished with the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2016 (540 points – 33.4 per game) while gaining the second most yards. Their success led to them losing offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) who was rewarded with the head coaching job in San Francisco. Atlanta replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who's making the jump from college to the pros. Sarkisian has seven seasons of head coaching experience while spending 2016 as the offensive coordinator for Alabama.

The Falcons were so close to having the best season in franchise history in 2016. They blew a 25-point lead with a quarter and a half left in the game to leave their fans with the biggest broken hearts of their football lives. In his second season at head coach, Dan Quinn led Atlanta to an 11-5 record improving his career record to 19-13 with two playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He has 14 years of experience in the NFL. The defense wasn't the key to the growth of this team in 2016. The Falcons allowed 406 points, which was the sixth most in the league and 61 more than 2015 (345). They ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed. Richard Smith took the ax for the Super Bowl loss leading to him dropping from defensive coordinator with Atlanta to linebacker coach with the Chargers. Marquand Manuel was promoted in to run the defense after spending 2015 and 2016 as the secondary coach. Manuel is a former NFL player with three other seasons of coaching experience with the Seahawks. Despite showing growth in offensive yards over the previous two seasons (2013 – 14th, 2014 – 8th, and 2015 – 7th), Atlanta struggled to score points in two of those three years (353 – 20th, 381 – 12th, and 339 – 21st). The Falcons finished with the highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2016 (540 points – 33.4 per game) while gaining the second most yards. Their success led to them losing offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) who was rewarded with the head coaching job in San Francisco. Atlanta replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who's making the jump from college to the pros. Sarkisian has seven seasons of head coaching experience while spending 2016 as the offensive coordinator for Alabama.