Cowboys hire former Falcons coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator

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The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a deal in principle for Dan Quinn to become their new defensive coordinator, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

The two other coaches interviewed for the position include Carolina Panthers defensive passing game coordinator Jason Simmons and Falcons secondary coach Joe Whitt.

The Dallas Cowboys fired Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator after just one season and they didn't waste time finding his replacement. However, Nolan would fail to live up to expectations as the defense looked out of sorts for the majority of the season. They ranked second-to-last in rushing yards allowed per game and a bottom-five scoring defense under Mike Nolan, who was sacked after one season on the job.


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

Quinn was sacked in the 2020 season as Atlanta Falcons head coach and will replace Mike Nolan, who was recently let go from the Cowboys as their DC. Before that, he was defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2013-14, calling plays for the "Legion of Boom".

If the Cowboys hire Quinn, it means the team will likely shift back from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3, something the Cowboys were playing prior to Nolan's hire by Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy. In the last two years, the Falcons actually improved on defense when Raheem Morris took control. Dallas beat Atlanta 40-39 after recovering an onside kick.

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