Cowboys Hire Dan Quinn As Defensive Coordinator

As suspected, former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has landed a new gig as Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, the team announced.

Quinn was considered the favorite for the position by several insiders before the news became official. His deal with Dallas is for three years, per multiple reports.

He replaced Mike Nolan, who was fired by Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy after the season ended.

“Quinn wasn’t even an abject failure as a head coach,” wrote OutKick’s Ryan Glasspiegel. “As poorly as his time with the Falcons ended, they did reach a Super Bowl together (a game in which they infamously blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots). If I’m in the NFC East, Quinn is about the last guy I want the Cowboys hiring for the defensive coordinator job.”

The Cowboys finished 5-11 this season, largely because their defense had difficulty slowing opposing offenses down.

Meanwhile, Quinn was fired after the Falcons got off to an 0-5 start. He finished his career in Atlanta with a 43-42 mark in the regular season and 3-2 in the playoffs.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. I’m glad we fired Nolan, and I am hopeful that Quinn will do better. A couple of things to remember: 1) Quinn had 3-4 Hall-of-Famers on that defense, and they just overwhelmed teams with talent; 2) the Cowboys defense has a massive talent problem. In particular, we have starting DTs and safeties that shouldn’t even be on NFL rosters, and our high-draft choice LBs are overrated.

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