Arthur Blank addresses Quinn, Dimitroff firings

October 11, 2020
Owner Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons

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To our fans, partners and associates –

From the moment I bought the Atlanta Falcons, I have believed my role is to be a steward of the franchise for you. At that time, I promised you I would do everything I could to consistently put a championship caliber team on the field that would also be a positive force for good in our community.

Our recent results on the field have not met our high expectations and after careful consideration I have made the decision that a change in leadership of the club is needed. Very soon we will announce that General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and Head Coach Dan Quinn have been relieved of their duties. I wanted you to hear this news first, and from me directly with important context for making this decision. We owe each of you a better product on the field and I have determined this decision is necessary to that end.

Over the last three seasons and into this one, we have dedicated all the resources we can to personnel, facilities, support functions and a variety of other areas to win consistently and deliver on our promise of a contending team. At the end of last season, we played well, won some games and seemed to have positive momentum that could be carried forward. Our play on the field earned an opportunity to show if it could continue, and be built upon, in 2020. Clearly, the results on the field this year, and more broadly over the last 3+ seasons, have not met our expectations or yours. Therefore, we have made this decision tonight.

I have tremendous professional respect for Thomas and Dan, as well as deep personal affection for both, as well as their families. They have poured their hearts into our team. Beyond the on-field accomplishments, they have represented us with professionalism, class and in a manner reflective of our core values during their tenures here. I'm grateful for their contributions to the franchise, and with my deep admiration I wish them great success in their future endeavors.

I am very proud of how our coaches, players and the organization continue to give back to Atlanta, our state, the military, schools, those much less fortunate and so many other impactful, worthy causes. Our commitment in this regard will never wane under my ownership of the team, it is quite simply one of the most important pillars of our team's mission and obligation. I'm also proud that during my tenure as owner, we have become one of the winningest teams in the league, having captured division titles and a conference championship. Since 2008 we have the 8th-most wins in the NFL and 4th-most in the NFC. Our appetite for winning remains very high and will for as long as I'm the owner of Atlanta's team.

Rich McKay, our team's president and chief executive officer, will assume day-to-day oversight of football operations and assist me in leading our search for a new general manager and head coach. We will name an interim head coach tomorrow.

Our business is about winning football games and that is what all of us will work earnestly to do the rest of this season. Our immediate focus will be supporting the team and trying to win as many games as possible with an eye to filling these critical roles at the appropriate time with leaders who will be charged with achieving a timely return to the winning standard you all expect from us.

I remain committed to providing every resource I can toward our success, now and in the future. I'm confident new leadership in 2021 in these key roles, combined with the core talent on our team, will deliver an on-field product you all can celebrate and be proud of very soon. Thank you for your continued support of the Atlanta Falcons. It is something I do not take for granted.

With gratitude and appreciation,

Arthur M. Blank
Owner and Chairman