Ex-Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn Joins Cowboys as Defensive Coordinator

Falcons' Head Coach Dan Quinn in 2019. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/Shutterstock

Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will reportedly join Mike McCarthy’s staff with the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive coordinator. Quinn will replace Mike Nolan, who left the position early in 2021.

Quinn was unemployed since October when the Falcons fired him and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after a 0-5 start to the season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Quinn agreed to a three-year deal that should keep him with the franchise through 2023. Dallas previously also locked down offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to a similar contract.

The Cowboys hope that Dan Quinn, who famously served as DC and play-caller for the Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom, can bring a new life to the team’s anemic defense. Dallas had a disastrous season on that side of the ball, allowing 473 points (most in franchise history) while also having the second-worst run defense in the league in 2020.

Quinn spent the majority of his career working as a defensive coach, serving in multiple roles with the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, NY Jets, and Seahawks. He was hired as the Falcons’ head coach in 2015.

During his time in Atlanta, Quinn led the Falcons to two playoffs and a Super Bowl LI appearance. He has a 43-42 head coaching record.