Hours after losing the Super Bowl, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn jumped ship to take the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job.
The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to make him their new head coach.
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FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported early on Monday morning that the Falcons had reached a five-year agreement with Quinn to replace Mike Smith as head coach of the team.
Quinn has coached the Seahawks defense to two straight No. 1 overall defenses – both points and yards – which resulted in two straight NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and a 40-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Quinn takes over a Falcons team that is coming off back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2006 and 2007. The defense was the Achilles heel of the team, allowing the most yards in the NFL and finishing 27th in points allowed. In the past two seasons the team has allowed 860 points (23.8 points per game).
The Falcons fired head coach Mike Smith after going 10-22 in the past two seasons. In his first five seasons, Smith led the Falcons to four playoff appearances, including a pair of NFC South division titles and two No. 1 seeds.