Dan Quinn reaches agreement to become Dallas Cowboys DC
After the Dallas Cowboys relieved Mike Nolan of his duties after one season as the team’s defensive coordinator, the Cowboys hired former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, the team announced on Monday night to replace Nolan in directing the Dallas defense. According to an ESPN source, Quinn signed a three-year deal to align his contract with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s deal, which also is scheduled to expire in 2023.
Last week, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy fired Nolan after a historically poor season defensively. Nolan was trying to employ his defensive schematics to a team that underachieved, faced a bevy of injuries to key players, and could not consistently adapt to a more hybrid defense with multiple coverage packages and disguises. Although the defense was implemented to confuse opponents, many would argue that the alarmingly bad statistics were the only confusing aspect of the defensive unit.
With Quinn’s arrival, the Cowboys will have a familiar 4-3 defensive scheme that the franchise has employed from 2013-19. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones wanted to try something new schematically on defense as he thought the previous schemes and concepts were too simplistic.
However, Quinn, 50, will lean on two strong seasons as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator (2013-14) and almost five seasons as the Falcons head coach (2015-20) to help turn around the fortunes of a porous Dallas defense, which surrendered 473 points (29.6 points per game) and ranked 31st in run defense. For more sports coverage, click here.