Cowboys hire Dan Quinn as their new defensive coordinator

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Dallas Cowboys have hired Dan Quinn, as their new defensive coordinator. He replaces Mike Nolan, who was fired by the team on Friday.

Quinn comes to the Cowboys after serving as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He was fired by the Falcons in October.

Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn shakes hands with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after their preseason game
Dan Quinn shakes hands with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after their preseason game (Getty Images)

He beat out two former Mike McCarthy assistant coaches for the job. Falcons secondary coach/passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. and Carolina Panthers defensive passing game coordinator/secondary coach Jason Simmons.

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The Cowboys also interviewed in-house candidate senior defensive assistant George Edwards for the job.

Before becoming the Falcons head coach for the 2015 season, Quinn was one of the best defensive minds in the NFL. He led the Seattle Seahawks defensive calling of the famous “Legion of Boom” unit in 2013 and 2014.

While the Seahawks defensive coordinator, he helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl over the Denver Browns at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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The “Legion of Boom” defense was one of the best in the history of the NFL. The unit allowed 14.4 points per game.

Quinn is taking over a defense that was one of the worst in the league in 2020. They were 28th out of 32 teams at the end of the regular season.

The team allowed 473 points on the season. They averaged 29.6 points per game.

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