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Dan Quinn says Super Bowl loss was a lesson in game management

Falcons' head coach Dan Quinn discusses the differences between losing Super Bowl LI and XLIX, the difficulty of moving on from Kyle Shanahan and the most valuable part of the scouting combine.

For Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, the ending of Super Bowl LI was a bitter pill to swallow. But he hopes something positive comes out of it.

Quinn told PFT Live that losing a game after having a 28-3 lead has taught him some things about managing late-game situations better.

“For sure there’s lessons there in game management,” he said. “Those are lessons that are painful to go through but you have to learn from them.”

At the same time, Quinn says he still wants to coach aggressively. Although Quinn doesn’t call the offensive plays, he says he supported the decision to keep passing with a lead because he wanted to keep doing the things that helped the Falcons get to the Super Bowl.

“At that point we wanted to be aggressive to go win the game,” Quinn said.

It will be interesting to see next year how aggressive the Falcons are when they have a big second-half lead. Quinn hopes he’ll have plenty of opportunities to show he has learned from that game and will be better at protecting a lead.