Dan Quinn’s Outstanding Resume
The NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons have an outstanding head coach in Dan Quinn. But very few understand the complete history behind one of the NFL’s brightest minds.
Sunday, Quinn will guide the Falcons to their second Super Bowl in team history. Quinn obtained his skills over 20 years of coaching. Quinn’s education has formed together at the right time. Pro Football Reference explains his timeline.
The bullet points are extremely impressive.
At 24-years-old his journey began as a defensive line coach for the College of William and Mary in 1994.
He carried on to Virginia Military Institute in the same capacity.
In 1996, his dedication kept him in the trenches for five years at Hofstra University.
Due to his leadership and ability to out-scheme opponents, he spent his last year at Hofstra as the defensive coordinator.
He climbed into the NFL ranks in 2001 as the defensive quality control guru for the San Francisco 49ers.
His next step up was a return to coaching defensive linemen before moving on to work with the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks respectfully. He served a two-year term with each club.
The Florida Gators came calling and he masterminded their defense for the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
After the 2012 season with Florida, he rejoined Seattle as the defensive coordinator.
The Seahawks struck gold in the familiar face.
Under the tutelage of Quinn, the defense made bounds going from 1,137 tackles to 1,198. The defense escalated from 11 force fumbles to 18 and only 33 sacks to 44, all shown by ESPN.
Quinn’s defense elevated the Seahawks to a 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII beat-down over the Denver Broncos.
Quinn’s tireless approach landed him the head coaching job for the Falcons in 2015. He came to a Falcons team that is loaded offensively but struggled under former head coach Mike Smith on the defensive side of the ball.
The Falcons chose Quinn for a rum to the promised land he delivered in just his second season. 2015-16 didn’t finish with the impact that the 8-8 team was hoping for.
The 2016 season has been a different story. The Falcons’ defense infused young blood into the mix in the form of rookies Keanu Neal (safety), Deion Jones (middle linebacker), defensive back Bryan Poole and De’Vondre Campbell (linebacker).
The new ATL Youngbloods brought speed, intensity and aggression to a unit that carried around the soft tag for years.
Quinn morphed a culture of winning and defense. Quinn’s d-line skills never left as the Falcons increased their sack totals every year. They ended with a record of 11-5.
Quinn brings change to a starving franchise. The culture of brotherhood spread like wildfire. Paul Newberry of Associated Press quotes Quinn on the subject.
“We’re not as connected as we could be, so that was just one more avenue for our team to see how close we could get,” he said. “Is this a college environment? I think its way deeper than that. This is a brotherhood that’s connected not just personally, but they’re also connected professionally.”
Now, the Falcons will go to the Super Bowl with a new head coach who is far from inexperienced.
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