Report: Cowboys to hire former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator

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DALLAS (105.3 the Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys hired former Atlanta Falcons head coach, Dan Quinn, as their new defensive coordinator on Monday afternoon, according to multiple reports.

After a lengthy remote interview over the weekend Quinn flew to Dallas for an in person interview with the Cowboys, where the two parties reportedly agreed to a three-year deal for the position.

Quinn, who was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Falcons after an 0-5 start to his sixth season at the helm, was formerly the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carroll, where he helped win Super Bowl XLVIII behind a dominant defensive unit that featured the vaunted Legion of Boom.

That season, Quinn's defense ranked first in the NFL in total defense (267.1 yards per game), passing defense (185.6 yards per game), and scoring defense (15.9 points per game), and third in the NFL in rush defense (81.5 yards per game).

Quinn takes over for former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was fired by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon.

Under Nolan, the Cowboys fielded one of the worst defense's in franchise history, ranking near the bottom in the NFL in rushing defense, passing defense, total defense, and scoring defense.

The next step for the Cowboys will be to find a defensive line coach replacement after they fired Jim Tomsula shortly after the exit of Nolan.