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Dan Quinn: ‘The bear’s not loose here inside the building’

Clichés are a coach’s best friend, and Dan Quinn might have sealed the contest for most outrageous phrase of 2015.

Though the Atlanta Falcons have lost three straight games, the first-year head coach remains confident his struggling team will turn it around. According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, Quinn said:

“The bear’s not loose here inside the building. I want to make sure we’re really clear on that. We’ve got a really talented team, and a coaching staff that really believes in these guys. And we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure as players and coaches we’re going to be at our best every Sunday.”

A majority of the quote is basic coachspeak, and that’s the general expectation for a franchise hoping to crawl out of a hole. But the opening is nothing short of amazing.

The bear’s not loose here inside the building.

Not even Chuck Pagano and his masterful use of clichés has come anywhere close to Quinn’s brilliance. However, the Falcons need to start posting victories, lest someone intentionally turn the bear loose.

After starting 5-0, Atlanta fell to the New Orleans Saints 31-21, edged the Tennessee Titans 10-7 and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts by a combined seven points. The tight losses are no surprise, since the Falcons needed three fourth-quarter comebacks early on.

Plus, the schedule doesn’t ease up, either. After hosting the seemingly playoff-bound Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta travels to face the Bucs, now-undefeated Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars before hosting Carolina.

The postseason once seemed like a certainty for the Falcons. Now, they’re fighting for a chance to limp into the playoffs.