A Week 5 loss to the Panthers was the icing on the cake regarding the careers of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in Atlanta.
According to Falcons insider Jeff Schultz, Quinn's firing was "all but finalized" following a 23-16 home loss against Carolina. RADIO.COM Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora confirmed the report, indicating that the move could come sooner rather than later.
Fellow RADIO.COM Sports NFL insider Ross Tucker weighed in on the decision as well, saying that "it's for the best" and that there's "no reason to delay the inevitable."
Sunday night, these reports became reality when the Falcons announced their official decision to relieve the two staff members of their duties.
According to the Atlanta Falcons website, an interim head coach will be announced on Monday while team president and CEO Rich McKay will assume day-to-day oversight of football operations.
Team owner Arthur Blank called the decision a difficult one to make.
"Decisions like these are very difficult, but the previous two seasons and start to this one have been especially hard for me because of the deep love, admiration and respect I and my family have for Dan, Thomas and their families," Blank said. "For many years, they have represented me, our team, organization and Atlanta with class, commitment and all the passion you would want in the leaders of the team. But as everyone knows, this is a results business and I owe it to our fans to put the best product we can on the field. We have poured every resource possible into winning and will continue to do so, but the results of late do not meet our standard or what I've promised our fans. Therefore, we will install new coaching and personnel leadership of the Atlanta Falcons at the appropriate time."
Blank added that Quinn "represents everything you would want in a man, coach, teacher or neighbor" and that Dimitroff "changed the trajectory of the franchise and set us up for a run of success the team had never achieved before."
The Falcons' lead-blowing ways have become part of the team's identity, stemming from their 28-3 lead against the Patriots in Super Bowl LI -- one that ultimately cost Charles Barkley and many others a lot of money. So far in the 2020 season, the Falcons have blown a 20-point lead and a 16-point lead to add insult to injury -- the injury being their 0-5 record.
Quinn ends his tenure in Atlanta with a 43-42 record in the regular season with postseason berths in 2016 and 2017, the former of which led to a Super Bowl appearance. However, the Falcons have not had a winning record since 2017, and it's not looking all too likely that 2020 will break that streak.
The list of potential replacements for Quinn is lengthy, and it includes the man who helped to put up 23 points against the Falcons on Sunday.