by Angela Davis|@jerseygirlsport |@ladyadavis
Jersey Girl Sports fam Super Bowl LI
will go down in history as one of the greatest comeback wins for the New England Patriots
and also one of the greatest losses for the Atlanta Falcons
. While rivals won't let the Atlanta Falcons or their fans forget what happened, head coach Dan Quinn
is set to move on.
He says people on the outside don't get to dictate how they move on.
Our mindset is really ... it's really locked," Quinn says. "We for damn sure aren't going to let people outside our walls tell us how we're supposed to feel. You don't play. People who write about us don't play. We play, and this is our season. And we're going to go for it like crazy in '17."
I love it. Dan Quinn is creating an environment for them to continue to win. He has brought in Navy Seals to teach brotherhood and accountability, and has even tweaked the small things to focus on what's in front of them.
He sits down at a table in his office, near a clock on the wall that has no numbers. Each of the 12 spots is replaced by the word "now," reminding him to stay in the moment. "The more we do that," Quinn says, "the clearer I usually am mentally."
Longtime friend, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows about heart-breaking losses
, and he says this loss will stay with them, but it's a part of life.
I think certain games, certain losses, probably will stay with you forever," Kerr says now. "That loss will never leave Dan or any of those guys. But you know what? It's life, and you go back to work the next day, and you go out to dinner with your family, or you go to your kid's baseball game, or you go out to a movie with some friends, go to a bar, and you start living again.
"You've got to remember it's not the end of the world, even though some people actually want you to feel like it is. But you can't live your life that way. If you feel like it's the end of the world, you're not going to be very happy. So you pout, and you dwell on it for a while, and life goes on."
Yes, life does go on and Dan Quinn is determined that the Falcons will do it with their heads up.
But it doesn't have s--- to do with 2016. It's not a redemption tour. It's to see how good we can get."
While it may not be a redemption tour, the Atlanta Falcons must go for the Super Bowl-- or at least get to the NFC championship
. I think Dan Quinn's positive approach is just what this team needs to move forward and rise up.