Cowboys interview former Falcons HC Dan Quinn for defensive coordinator job

January 11, 2021 - 10:03 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Cowboys have interviewed former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn for their defensive coordinator vacancy, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning.

Dallas was expected to interview Quinn after he was connected to the job, via multiple reports, shortly after they fired Mike Nolan on Friday after just one year as the team's defensive coordinator.

Quinn joins Joe Whitt Jr. and Jason Simmons on the shortlist of coaches the Cowboys interviewed for the position over the weekend.

Quinn was one of three names 105.3 The Fan's Jeff Cavanaugh mentioned on-air after Nolan's firing was announced. And Bryan Broaddus heard from multiple sources that Quinn would be a great hire.

"I did get a really favorable report on Dan Quinn, as far as a teacher, as far as a guy players all respect, (and) gravitate towards. So, if Quinn is one of the guys they talk to, I had three different guys tell me he'd be a really good hire," Bryan Broaddus said Friday on 105.3 The Fan.

Under his watch, the Falcons' lead-blowing ways became part of the team's identity, stemming from their 28-3 lead against the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. In the first five weeks this season, Atlanta blew a 20-point lead (vs Dallas) and a 16-point lead.

Quinn's tenure in Atlanta ended with a 43-42 record in the regular season with postseason berths in 2016 and 2017. However, the Falcons didn't have a winning record since 2017.

Prior to his time in Atlanta, Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks in 2013. His unit led the league in fewest points allowed, fewest yards allowed, and takeaways that year.

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