The Falcons will face a tough test of their own on Saturday night when they face off against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons will be without three of their starting quarterbacks in Tevin Coleman, Michael Turner and Matt Ryan for the season opener.
The Falcons also lost defensive tackle Michael Wilhoite to a season-ending injury in the Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The team’s defensive line has struggled this season and coach Dan Quinn says he’s hoping the Falcons can turn it around quickly.
“We’re going to need everybody,” Quinn said Friday after practice.
“We’re trying to get better.
We’re going in the right direction.
We have to keep getting better.”
We are trying to find a way to win in the game we’ve got to win.
We’ve got a lot of good pieces that are in this building and we’re trying our best to make it work.
We just have to find that chemistry.
“Quinn’s team has struggled to get off the field this season, allowing opponents to score on 58.5 percent of their offensive plays.
They have allowed a league-high 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Quinn has already faced some criticism for his decision to go with a rookie quarterback, but he has a lot to prove to the fans and the league.
He has won two Super Bowls and one championship.
He had a perfect record during his two seasons with the Falcons.
He is just the latest coach to face a test of his own.
He lost his job in Indianapolis in 2018 and he’s been fired in Cleveland this season.
He’s not the first coach to be forced to make a change in the middle of a season, but the Falcons were in desperate need of help up front after a rough start.
That was especially true with Ryan missing the first three games of the season.
Ryan had eight carries for 36 yards and a touchdown and Coleman had nine carries for 44 yards and another score.
But Coleman is dealing with a torn ACL and will miss the season after tearing his ACL in Week 10.
Quin did not give any indication on who will be starting against the Falcons, but that is expected to be rookie Matt Ryan.
The quarterback who started last season for the Eagles is expected back in Week 1.