Cowboys hire former Seahawks assistant Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator


Dan Quinn has found his new NFL home in Dallas.

After the Atlanta Falcons fired Quinn five games into the season with an 0-5 record, the former Seahawks assistant has agreed to become the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator.

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The 50-year-old coach will be Mike Nolan’s successor after his employment was terminated last week by head coach Mike McCarthy. Quinn has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Cowboys, per ESPN.

Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons in 2015, posted a record of 43-42 during his tenure and took Atlanta to Super Bowl LI in his second season. That Super Bowl appearance will forever be remembered as the game where the Falcons suffered an epic collapse, blowing the largest lead in Super Bowl history to lose in overtime to the New England Patriots.  

Prior to being the Falcons' head coach, Quinn replaced Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator in Seattle, taking over the legendary Legion of Boom hard-hitting defense. (Note: Bradley was hired by Las Vegas Raiders Tuesday, as well, to serve as the team's defensive coordinator.)


In his two years as defensive coordinator for Seattle, Quinn's defense was first in yards and points allowed both seasons. He also helped lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl, a dominant 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Following Quinn’s firing by the Falcons in October, Pete Carroll pledged to “try to support him, help him any way I can.”

“Can we give Dan a chance to just try to reel with it? I haven't talked with Danny yet,” Carroll said. “We don't know. We love Dan, all that. I'll have to see what's happening in his world. I'm not even thinking about anything like that right now. This is about him getting reset and balanced. It's an enormous undertaking to get let go in a program like that, the profile of all of that.”

Now, Quinn will get a fresh start in Dallas while facing a daunting task of turning around a Cowboys defense that allowed a franchise record 473 points and the second-most yards in team history.