Ex-Falcons head coach Dan Quinn emerges as favorite for Dallas DC vacancy after Cowboys fire Mike Nolan
According to various sources, former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has emerged as the frontrunner to replace recently fired Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was fired last week and led the Cowboys through one of the worst defensive seasons in franchise history.
Under Nolan’s watch, the Cowboys (6-10) allowed 473 points — the most in franchise history — and finished the season 31st in run defense. Defensively, Dallas ranked 23rd overall in yards per game, 28th in points per game (29.6), and surrendered 69 plays of 20 yards or more — 51 plays through the air and 18 on the ground.
Quinn flew into Dallas for an interview earlier on Monday, according to a source. Quinn, 50, was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013-14 seasons and had great success there. The Seahawks defense ranked first in the league in both yards and points allowed in each of Quinn’s two seasons directing the defense.
Following two successful years in Seattle, Quinn accepted the job as the Atlanta Falcons head coach. Since his first year in Atlanta (2015), he guided the Falcons to an overall record of 43-42 and led the team to the Super Bowl in his second season.
It is expected that Quinn would employ similar schemes the Cowboys ran from 2013-19, when the defense was led by the likes of Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli, and Kris Richard. During his years guiding the Seahawks defense, Quinn implemented a 4-3 scheme mostly using a single-high safety look.
The Seahawks D led the team to two consecutive Super Bowl appearances during Quinn’s stint with the team along with his Super Bowl appearance with the Falcons. For more sports coverage, click here.