Time heals most wounds, unless you just blew a 25 point lead in the biggest game of the year on the biggest stage in all of sports. One month after losing Super Bowl 51 to the Patriots, Falcons coach Dan Quinn is having a tough time swallowing the loss
In that game, Quinn’s team collapsed blowing a 25-point lead to the New England Patriots losing the Super Bowl in overtime.
While speaking to the media on Wednesday in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine, the head coach addressed his feelings about the game.
“When they ask me if I’ve watched it, I say yes. I’m past it. I am not over it. I don’t think I ever will be” said Quinn, via Patriots.com. “That’s a good thing. Sometimes those kinds of experiences propel you to have the type of off season that you like to have.
“The analogy I use for our team is we are fighters. For those that cover our team on a regular basis, you know we talk about boxing quite a bit. We got our ass knocked down on the canvas and you get back up and you go fight again. That’s kind of what this off season is about for us.”
In the past, teams that have lost in the Super Bowl have struggled the following year trying to get back to the big game suffering from their own kind of “Super Bowl hangover.” A prime example of that comes just a season ago with the Carolina Panthers who lost Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos and then failed to make the playoffs the following season.
For Quinn, he’s trying to find that perfect balance of having his young team learn from the loss, but not linger too much on it.
“It’s a fair question. How do you learn to overcome that loss? You have to learn to get past it. I didn’t say you have to get over it, but you do have to get past it,” he said. “By replaying everything and looking in the rear view mirror you’re not going to get better.”
He added: “The what-if game is real and if you are prepared to go down that road there are a lot of layers to it.”
You blew a freaking 25 point lead, you’ll never get over it, I promise Dan. It was one of the worst collapses in sports history and you had a front row seat to it, that being said, it was all your fault too. The play calling by the Falcons was worthy of Quinn being fired let alone being asked to come back.
I don’t know how he even walks around the city of Atlanta, it’s that bad. Then again half the fan base of the Falcons couldn’t probably pick Quinn out of a lineup of bald headed Stone Cold Steve Austin look-a-likes. I don’t even think the Browns would have blown a 25 point lead in the 3rd quarter, I truly believe that. The Patriots just stepped on Quinn’s throat and Quinn defecated all over himself. Poor fella…