Coach Dan Quinn keeps fueling Falcons’ belief in themselves

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – New coach Dan Quinn has the Atlanta Falcons believing they can win.

A 3-0 start proves that his high energy level is paying off, but Quinn isn’t always Mr. Nice Guy.

He showed as much while the first half was unraveling Sunday at Dallas. Quinn called his defensive line over to the sideline and held nothing back.

The message carried over into halftime, but Quinn toned down his disappointment. Rather than lament nine plays covering at least 14 yards and four Dallas touchdowns, Quinn told everyone to focus on improving their attitudes and technique.

His tactic worked. The Cowboys were shut out in the second half while Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman led the offense to three touchdowns in the 39-28 win.

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