It didn’t take Dallas long to find the next Defensive Coordinator like Dan Quinn and Cowboys They have reached an agreement for the first Hawks A coach to take on the role that is heading to 2021, Patrick Walker of CBS Sports Cowboys Insider confirms. Quinn’s employment comes on the heels of Dallas Defense Coordinator Mike Nolan fired Last weekend after one season with the club, the team may have toured the new capital even before the door had officially appeared.
Such as Walker reported earlier on MondayJerry Jones and Brass in Dallas had already begun to search for the candidates before Nolan was allowed to go, allowing them to jump straight into the hunt over the weekend and eventually find their way to Quinn. He was officially interviewed on Monday after a virtual interview on Saturday and seems to have shown enough during those conversations for the Cowboys to act quickly to lock him in this key role within their club.
Most recently, Quinn worked as a head coach for the Atlanta Falcons, a role that he started in 2015 and lasted halfway through 2020 as he was fired after a 0-5 start. As for his career, Quinn has a record 46-44 as head coach and has some strong lineage as DC, helping lead the defensive unit in Seattle during the Legion of Boom era and the Super Bowl XLVIII title.
This combination of head coaching experience and elite acumen on the defensive side of the ball should help Dallas improve on what has been a less-than-stellar campaign on this side of the ball.
Under Nolan, Dallas allowed 29.6 points per match, which ranked fifth in the league. The Cowboys also shed 158.8 accelerated yards per game, which was the second-largest number in the NFL over the course of the regular season. These are fighting in defense with Nolan on his head, Walker is also mentioned again on December 20, Jerry Jones had been “secretly pissed off backstage for weeks” so it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Nolan got the ax.
From here, Jones, McCarthy and Quinn can turn their attention to filling in the defensive line role that remains vacant after Jim Tomsula’s dismissal. Once that is complete and the rest of the staff is solidified, Dallas can focus on renewing personnel until they become an even more terrifying force next season.