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BREAKING: Cowboys Hiring Dan Quinn as Defensive Coordinator

The Dallas Cowboys have found their new defensive coordinator for the 2021 season, hiring former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Reports had Quinn as a favorite for the job before the interviewing process began.

Quinn served as the Seattle Seahawks’ DC from 2013-2014 and won a Super Bowl coordinating the “Legion of Boom” defense. He also led the Falcons to a Super Bowl in 2016, though losing to the Patriots.

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The #Cowboys have agreed to a deal in principle to make Dan Quinn their defensive coordinator, source said.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a deal with Dan Quinn to make him their next defensive coordinator, according to @TomPelissero. Looks like Dallas is going back to a defense more similar to what they played under Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard

Dallas also interviewed Falcons defensive assistant Joe Whitt and Panthers’ assistant coach Jason Simmons. Both have history with Head Coach Mike McCarthy from their days with the Packers.

Quinn represents a bolder outside hire than McCarthy’s “friends and family” circle. However, the Falcons have not had stellar defenses during his tenure as Atlanta’s head coach. The move is sure to draw some criticism as well.

The Cowboys fired Mike Nolan after one abysmal season as McCarthy’s handpicked defensive coordinator. Dallas’ defense plummeted to one of the league’s worst in 2020.

We’ll see what Dan Quinn can do in 2021 to help get the Cowboys defense back on track.

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  1. Well I don’t know if he would have been my first choice but at least he is an accomplished D.C. I just hope he is willing to bring the heat on opposing QB and don’t let them set back in the pocket and pick us apart! Welcome to The Cowboy family and we are behind you 100 percent Win or……….Draw!!

  2. Juan…. His defense wasn’t that good in Atlanta cause he was the head coach for the team, not the defensive coordinator!! Everywhere he went as a defensive coordinator he had some of the best defenses in the NFL!! The last 2 seasons he spent as a defensive coordinator was with the seahawks and he had that defense ranked 1st both years and that team went to the Super Bowl both years, winning one of them, and if it wasn’t for Pete Carol calling a stupid play at the goal line, the seahawks would’ve won back to back Super Bowls!! And that’s all while Dan Quinn had their defense ranked first both years!! I think this is a great hire!! And I can’t wait to see how things go next season!!

  3. We have the right coach. Now lets get him some players to help him transform the defense. The Cowboys must show some focus and discipline in how they draft and handle free agency this year to make sure they secure the defensive pieces they need to right the ship on the D side of the ball. Abandoning the hybrid defense is a step in the right direction. The Boys already have players that are better suited for a 4-3 so returning to what they are comfortable with is a win already. If the offense comes back healthy we don’t need the D to be the second coming of the Legion of Boom for the Boys to be vastly improved. Hopefully the right players fall to them in the draft and they can get some wins in free agency. The other thing we all need to hope for is a full in person off season.

  4. Good that we got this done sooner than later Hopefully he implements a scheme that plays to the strength of the current personnel, rather than expecting the whole unit to be force fed schemes that were incompatible.

    Having a full off season should help and they can make personnel moves (draft and free agency) with this DC in mind.

  5. Great hire by the Cowboys. I am sure our defense will be much improved with him. Let’s ensure we bolster the defense with good draft picks.

  6. I don’t like the Dan Quinn hire , cowboys fan , THE WHOLE REASON THE FALCONS BROUGHT HIM IN WAS TO MAKE THEIR DEFENSE BETTER , the only success he had was in college which is irrelevent cough Nick Saban cough and the other success he had was in Seattle with ONE OF THE GREATEST DEFENSES EVER in the LEGION OF BOOM of Richard Sherman , Kam Chancellor , and Earl Thomas , and the front 7 had K.J. Wright , Bobby Wagner , Michael Bennett , Cliff Avril . The point being was those players a product of his coaching or was his success a product of their greatness ? The answer lies in what happened to the falcons under Quinn , the one year there defense was good , they blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl against the Pats , the rest of his time there defense was average to below average .

    HE’S A MORE LUCRATIVE MIKE NOLAN

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