Dan Quinn (American football)
Daniel Patrick Quinn (born September 11, 1970) is the current head coach and defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks from 2013 to 2014, whose Legion of Boom defense led the team to two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XLVIII. He led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI in 2016, losing 34–28 in overtime, this marked Quinn’s third Super Bowl appearance in four seasons and his first as head coach.
Quinn as Falcons head coach in 2016
|Born:||September 11, 1970|
Morristown, New Jersey
|High school:||Morristown (NJ)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||37–34 (.521)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Early life and playing career
Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Quinn grew up in nearby Morris Township and played high school football at Morristown High School in Morristown, from which he graduated in 1989. He attended Salisbury State University (now Salisbury University), an NCAA Division III school, and played on its football team as a defensive lineman from 1990 to 1993. He was a four-year starter in football and track and field and was named All Mason-Dixon in 1994 for his record-breaking hammer throw (168.8 feet) while representing Salisbury State in the NCAA track championships that year as well. Dan was a two-time football team captain and captained the track and field team in 1994. After the 1993 football season, Quinn was co-awarded the prestigious Bobby Richards award. Quinn was inducted in the Salisbury University athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Quinn began his NFL coaching career in San Francisco as their defensive quality control coach in 2001. Quinn spent six years coaching the defensive lines for the San Francisco 49ers (2003–2004), the Miami Dolphins (2005–2006), and the New York Jets (2007–08). Quinn joined the Seattle Seahawks on January 12, 2009, but also served as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, before returning to the Seahawks on January 17, 2013, to replace Gus Bradley, who became the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach. Quinn was a 2012 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
In Quinn's first season as defensive coordinator, the Seahawks led the league in fewest points allowed, fewest yards allowed, and takeaways with 231, 4,378, and 39, respectively, to become the first team since the 1985 Chicago Bears to accomplish the feat; the Seahawks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos.
On February 2, 2015, Quinn reached an agreement to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. On September 14, Quinn won his first game as the head coach of the Falcons, when his team beat the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 26–24 on Monday Night Football. The Falcons got off to a 5–0 start in Quinn's first season, but finished the season 8–8 and missed the playoffs.
In the 2016 season, Quinn's Falcons finished the year with an 11–5 record, which was good enough to win the NFC South and clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. In the Divisional Round, the Falcons defeated Quinn's former team, the Seattle Seahawks, 36–20, advancing to the NFC Championship for just the fourth time in franchise history.
On January 22, 2017, Quinn's Falcons won the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers 44–21, clinching a berth to play in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. Up 21–3 at halftime and 28–3 in the third quarter, the Falcons blew the largest lead in Super Bowl history and lost the game in overtime by a score of 34–28.
In the 2017 season, Quinn's Falcons finished the year 10–6, which was only good enough for 3rd in the NFC South and for the 6th seed in the playoffs. In the Wild Card Round, the Falcons defeated the 3rd seeded Los Angeles Rams 26–13, and advanced to the divisional round. In the Divisional Round, the Falcons fell to the eventual Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles 15–10.
In the 2018 season, Quinn's Falcons were injury riddled throughout the season, losing seven starters to injured reserve and more for at least a game. Ultimately the Falcons finished 7–9, which placed the Falcons at second in the NFC South, and as the eight seed in the NFC, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Following the firing of defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, Quinn took on the position of defensive coordinator for the Falcons.
Head coaching record
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|ATL||2015||8||8||0||.500||2nd in NFC South||—||—||—||—|
|ATL||2016||11||5||0||.688||1st in NFC South||2||1||.667||Lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI|
|ATL||2017||10||6||0||.625||3rd in NFC South||1||1||.500||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game|
|ATL||2018||7||9||0||.438||2nd in NFC South||—||—||—||—|
NFL head coaches under whom Quinn has served:
- Steve Mariucci: San Francisco 49ers (2001–2002)
- Dennis Erickson: San Francisco 49ers (2003–2004)
- Nick Saban: Miami Dolphins (2005–2006)
- Eric Mangini: New York Jets (2007–2008)
- Jim L. Mora: Seattle Seahawks (2009)
- Pete Carroll: Seattle Seahawks (2010, 2013–2014)
Assistant coaches under Quinn who have become NFL head coaches:
- Dan Quinn: Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons. Accessed February 20, 2017. "Quinn was born in Morristown, New Jersey."
- Bonasera, Paul. "Quinn coaching winners on the field and off in Morris Twp.", Daily Record (Morristown), December 10, 2008. Accessed February 27, 2013. "Dan, the youngest of six children, was captain of the Morristown High School football team."
- Staff. "Morris Township basks in reflected glory of Super Bowl star", Morris NewsBee, February 3, 2014. Accessed February 20, 2017. "The defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks, Dan Quinn, is a native son of Morris Township, a Morristown High School graduate and the brother of Township Administrator Timothy Quinn."
- Coughlin, Kevin. "Falcon coach Dan Quinn’s road to Super Bowl started at Morristown High", MorristownGreen.com, February 5, 2017. Accessed February 20, 2017. "The youngest of six kids, Quinn grew up in Morris Township playing baseball and football. At Morristown High School, where he graduated in 1989, he captained the football team for two years, playing center and linebacker and winning all-conference honors as a senior."
- Clark, Glenn. "Atlanta Falcons Head Coach, Salisbury University Alum Dan Quinn Makes University Proud". Press Box Online. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- Rohan, Tim. "Dan Quinn's Coaching Roots at William & Mary". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- McClure, Vaughn. "Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci reflects on giving Dan Quinn his NFL shot". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- "Dan Quinn Named Finalist for Broyles Award". Florida Gators Athletics. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- Mayer, Larry (February 4, 2014). "Comparing Seahawks to '85 Bears". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII – Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – February 2nd, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- Mcclure, Vaughn (February 2, 2015). "Falcons to introduce Dan Quinn". ESPN. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- "2015 Atlanta Falcons Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- "2016 Atlanta Falcons Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- "Divisional Round – Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons – January 14th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- "NFC Championship – Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – January 22nd, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
- Chadiha, Jeffri. "Falcons' historic collapse leads to Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win". NFL. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
- "Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons – February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.