On Sunday, Ryan led the 5-9 Falcons to an upset of the 11-3 San Francisco 49ers with a game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones with two seconds left. He told NFL Now (via Nick Shook of NFL.com) the team's surge in the second half of the campaign is for Quinn.
"He has the respect of the locker room, and the guys play hard for Dan," he said. "There's no question about it. We all appreciate everything that he does for us, the style of coaching, and he's got great relationships with all of the guys in our locker room. So we love him. We are playing hard and doing everything we can for him."
The Falcons hired Quinn in 2015 and posted a 29-19 regular-season record across his first three years. The team earned two playoff berths, highlighted by an appearance in Super Bowl LI, where it lost to the New England Patriots in overtime.
Atlanta dropped off to 7-9 last year, however, and has been eliminated from playoff contention again following a 1-7 start to the campaign in 2019.
"I've been in this profession long enough to know that it's a production-based business," Ryan told NFL Now. "I hope it is because we love him and he's a great football coach."
After Atlanta's Week 14 win over the Carolina Panthers, Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Jeff Schultz of The Athletic he hadn't decided on the coach's future: "We've got games left. Let's see how this plays out."
Following the upset of the Niners, Quinn told Schultz he's happy about the team's turnaround.
"You'd have to ask those guys," the 49-year-old said regarding whether he believed the Falcons were playing hard to save him. "But it's really cool. I'm proud to be a part of it. ... It means a lot. It means a lot to all of us. We're all fighting for our football lives. I damn sure appreciate it."
A win or two combined with the players' love for Quinn, as displayed in Ryan's comments, could buy him another year to get things back on track.