Falcons' Dan Quinn says Steve Kerr, Terry Francona helped him cope with Super Bowl loss

By Gabrielle McMillen 30 March 2017
Falcons' Dan Quinn says Steve Kerr, Terry Francona helped him cope with Super Bowl loss

Sometimes you get by with a little help from your friends.

That seemed to be the case for Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who was understandably upset after Atlanta blew a 25-point lead to the Patriots to lose Super Bowl 51.

Quinn said several sports leaders reached out to him after the horrible loss, including Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who texted Quinn soon after the game.

At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Quinn said he met up with Indians manager Terry Francona, who also understood what Quinn was going through.

"It was more like, 'Hey, man, it's tough,'" Quinn said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. "But this is what we signed up for. As a real competitor, that's the attitude you can take, to say this is the world we live in, embrace it."

Kerr and the Warriors notably squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers in last year's NBA Finals, while Francona's Indians allowed the Cubs to thunder back from a 3-1 deficit to become the 2016 World Series champions.

Quinn also spoke to San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, who saw his team crumble in the 2013 NBA Finals, and former boss and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

He said he wanted advice from coaches and managers who had been in similar situations who learned how to set the tone for the team moving forward.

"When you have the disappointment at the end, you're not over it," Quinn said. "You're past it, but it's OK to let it fuel you where you can to go. That's where I'm at."

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