The Atlanta Falcons suffered a disappointing season in 2018, going 7-9 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Even for a coach that won playoff games in 2016 and 2017, that's apparently enough to be on the hot seat in some circles.
Touchdown Wire released a slideshow this week listing 12 NFL coaches that will be on the hot seat heading into the 2019 season, and included Dan Quinn as one of them. The author of the slideshow, Barry Werner, provided this as his explanation:
"Dan Quinn was so close to having the Super Bowl champion pass as head coach. Then, the roof fell in and the Falcons lost to the Patriots in overtime. Coming off an injury-riddled 7-9 season, Quinn finds himself in need of a strong 2019 to keep a lock on his gig in Atlanta."
While I certainly believe Quinn's seat is a little warm heading into this fall, it's probably a little bit of a stretch to say he's on the hot seat. A disappointing 6-10 season or worse, and yes, Quinn is probably gone, but he doesn't necessarily have to make the playoffs to be back for 2020.
If quarterback Matt Ryan suffers a season-ending injury in Week 1, or the Falcons go through another plethora of injuries in 2019 similar to last year, Quinn should receive a pass, especially if he's able to navigate them to an 8-8 record with so many stars sidelined.
It could also greatly depend on how well the Falcons end the season. If they go 8-8 but start 8-4, then Quinn will be on the hot seat. But if they start 4-8 because of injuries and then players come back, and they finish 8-8, then he'll earn another season.
There's too many possible scenarios to say Quinn is definitely on the hot seat and needs to take the Falcons to the playoffs in 2019 or he will be fired.