• Travis Tyler

Ex-Falcons' coach joining Cowboys' staff

Former Falcons' head coach Dan Quinn has found a new home. He has agreed to become the new defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, replacing Mike Nolan.


Quinn spent six seasons in Atlanta before being fired earlier this season. He finished with a 43-42 record after a promising start. The Falcons went to the playoffs twice under Quinn-- infamously blowing a big lead against the Patriots in the Super Bowl in his second season and losing a divisional game to Philadelphia the following season. Since then, the team has digressed and face many injuries. The defense became one of the league's worst earlier this season, and change was necessary.


Quinn has been a successful defensive coordinator in the past. Prior to his time in Atlanta, he was the defensive coordinator in Seattle and leader of the famed "Legion of Boom." In Seattle, he coached some of the best defenses in recent memory and won a Super Bowl.


The Cowboys can definitely use a guy like Quinn running their defense. Despite the recent play of Atlanta's defense, Quinn has built a reputation as an elite defensive coordinator. He simply may not have been able to be a great head coach, but that should not diminish his expertise. His Seattle defense led the league in nearly every defensive statistic, and he has a background as a defensive line coach. An experienced coordinator like Quinn is a great addition for a struggling front seven and a defense that finished 28th out of 32 NFL defenses.

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