By Matt Urben
Falcons coach Dan Quinn didn’t hide from his team’s offensive struggles at today’s season-ending press conference.
While many fans have taken to blaming first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian for those struggles, Quinn was quick to point out why and how the unit regressed. Several factors were involved, but in the end it came down to a lack of execution.
Early in the presser, Quinn broke down the key reasons he felt the team fell short, per the Falcons’ Facebook page.
In (2016), we were plus 11 with the football, and in 2017 we were minus 2 at the end of the year. . . But man, where we lacked which defined us were our big plays that scored. In (2016) we had 19 explosive plays that were outside the red zone that scored. That’s a lot and that was at the top. This year, we only had seven. I thought that was a real factor.
It wasn’t just turnovers and lack of explosive plays that hurt Atlanta, though. Quinn also acknowledged a lack of success in the red zone. The Falcons threw for 23 touchdowns in the red zone in 2016, compared with just 15 in...