Quinn: How far away are Falcons from the Super Bowl?

On Sunday, players for the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers arrived in California one week before Super Bowl 50. Media day for both teams will begin on Monday.

HONOLULU, HI -  SUNDAY, JANUARY 31:  Team Irvin wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons dives after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

HONOLULU, HI – SUNDAY, JANUARY 31: Team Irvin wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons dives after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Dan Quinn, after coaching in the past two Super Bowls, has mentioned more than a few times how tough it’s been to watch the playoffs this season.

He clearly wants to get the Falcons back into the playoffs and eventually into the Super Bowl to play for the Vince Lombardi trophy.

The Falcons finished 8-8 last season. They stopped their streak of two losing seasons, but missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Quinn was asked how far away are the Falcons are from reaching the Super Bowl.

“There are a lot of things that we are doing well,” Quinn said. “I was pleased to see offensively where we were at on third downs. I was pleased with the time of possession, but until we get our football right, in terms of our turnover margin and the way we want to ball hawk it and take care of it offensively, we won’t be as good as we can get.”

The Falcons want to cut down on their turnovers and create more on defense.

“That’s job No. 1 for us,” Quinn said. “When we get that part of our game right, I think we can compete with anybody. That’s why I’m so excited about it. Because I think there are a lot of weapons that we have.

“I’m ready for us to take (each other) through to another spot,” Quinn said. “That’s why my optimism is so high about our team and where we can get to.”

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