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Published on June 24th, 2015 |

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New Falcons head coach: trip to Super Bowl possible in 1st year

New Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn predicted Tuesday the Falcons could go to the Super Bowl in his first year as head coach, as he gave his first keynote address to a large civic group at the annual Signature Luncheon of the Buckhead Business Association.

Atlanta Falcons new had coach Dan Quinn addresses audience at the Buckhead Business Association's annual Signature Luncheon Tuesday.

Atlanta Falcons new had coach Dan Quinn addresses audience at the Buckhead Business Association’s annual Signature Luncheon Tuesday, June 23.

Nedw Falcons head coach Dan Quinn delivers his first keynote address to the Buckhead Business Association on June 23.

Nedw Falcons head coach Dan Quinn delivers his first keynote address to the Buckhead Business Association on June 23.

Telling the audience of business leaders that he shares commonalities with them, Quinn said he has three rules for the football program as he enters his first season as the Falcon’s head coach.

“First is protect the team. Second, no complaining; no excuses. And third, be early,” he said. “Rule 2 is about taking responsibility for your own actions. Rule 3 … basically it’s having your world in order.” Quinn told the crowd of 200, “Our worlds are alike due to teamwork.”

That was Quinn’s message during the Buckhead Business Association’s luncheon at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center on Lenox Road. He said, “Competition” is the central theme of the program, adding teamwork and respect are important components of competition and his plan for the 2015 season.

“It’s not just the two guys at the same position competing against one another,” Quinn explained. “That’s part of it. But, really where the real competition comes is you and I going against one another to make each other great.”

“The hard work and the attention to the details will be driving our theme,” he said. “The whole program is focused on being the best you can be. We have this declaration of ‘I’m in.’ It’s saying, ‘I will handle things.’”

The BBA luncheon was billed as Quinn’s first keynote address since he was hired in February to replace Mike Smith, who was fired following a 6-10 season. He is trying to rebuild a franchise that enjoyed success for most of Smith’s seven-year tenure, but then struggled the last two years.

Quinn spent the previous two seasons as the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, helping lead the team to the Super Bowl championship in February 2014 with a 43-8 win over the Denver

A small part of tghe crowd of hundreds who attended  the Buckhead Business Assocation luncheon.

A small part of tghe crowd of hundreds who attended the Buckhead Business Assocation luncheon.

Broncos.

Quinn also talked about NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who he said he met two years ago, as being an inspiration. Quoting Russell, Quinn said, “If you want to take a team to its greatest heights, you gotta love your teammates.”

During a question-and-answer session following his speech, association member Mark Shaver asked, “What did you do to foster and build the love of the [Falcons’] team concept?”

Said Quinn, “It starts by going through the locker room and connecting one on one with each player. At the start of the off-season we made a tape for all the players and showed them what they’re doing well and what they could improve on.”

(To read a related story about BBA awards presented at the luncheon, click here.)

 

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