Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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Dan Quinn Considered Favorite To Become Dallas Defensive Coordinator

Dan Quinn Considered Favorite To Become Dallas Defensive Coordinator

When the Cowboys fired Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator last week, one of the coaches mentioned as a possible successor was Dan Quinn.

The Cowboys are looking to replace Mike Nolan, was led a porous Dallas D this season. The 50-year-old was sacked by the Falcons just five games into the 2020 season with an 0-5 record. The Cowboys previously used a scheme from 2013 until 2019 similar to the one used by Quinn. The Cowboys finished 31st in the league against the run (158.8 yards per game) and allowed the fifth-most points per game (29.6).

Quinn was the defensive coordinator in Seattle before getting the Falcons job in 2015.

After naming Mike McCarthy their new head coach before the 2020 season, the Cowboys would then hire Nolan to be their defensive coordinator.


The Cowboys switched to the 4-3 in 2013 when Rod Marinelli joined the staff and eventually became defensive coordinator.

It remains to be seen what type of scheme Quinn will install in Dallas, but a strong hint: he ran a traditional 4-3 scheme in Seattle, and Atlanta primarily has had a 4-3 base look, too. Quinn will look to invoke the performances he coordinated while in Seattle when he was part of a Super Bowl victor and had back-to-back No. 1-ranked defenses. The Falcons were leading the game 28-3 in the third quarter, but allowed the New England Patriots to come back and win the game 34-28 in overtime.

Quinn was 43-42 overall in Atlanta, but just 14-23 since the start of the 2018 season. Quinn was the defensive line coach in Seattle for two years before going to Florida. Since 2001, Quinn has spent all but two years coaching in the NFL.

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