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Cowboys hire former Falcons coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator

Dan Quinn, Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys fired Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator after just one season and they didn’t waste time finding his replacement. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys are hiring former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn as their next defensive coordinator.

After naming Mike McCarthy their new head coach before the 2020 season, the Cowboys would then hire Nolan to be their defensive coordinator. However, Nolan would fail to live up to expectations as the defense looked out of sorts for the majority of the season.

In Nolan’s lone year as the defensive coordinator in Dallas, the Cowboys finished with the 23rd ranked defense in terms of yards allowed and the fifth-worst scoring defense, allowing 29.6 points per game.

Seeing that the Cowboys spent a decent amount of money on their front seven, they weren’t content with the performance of the defense.

Despite Nolan being a close friend of McCarthy’s, the Cowboys decided to move on from him in hopes to find someone who could turn around the defense. And in steps Quinn, who’s had success as a defensive coordinator in the NFL.

Of course, as the Cowboys know, Quinn is most recently known for his tenure as the head coach of the Falcons from 2015-2020. But before he became the head man in Atlanta, Quinn was the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, which was when Seattle made back-to-back Super Bowls.

Despite the way that Quinn’s time with the Falcons came to a screeching halt, the Cowboys believe he is the perfect guy to get their defense back on track.

Cowboys fans will note with some irony that when Quinn and the Falcons met Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys in Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, neither team played a lick of defense. Dallas beat Atlanta 40-39 after recovering an onside kick.