Dan Quinn (American football)

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Dan Quinn
Coach Dan Quinn at Atlanta Falcons training camp
Quinn as Falcons head coach in 2016
Atlanta Falcons
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 48)
Morristown, New Jersey
Career information
High school:Morristown (NJ)
College:Salisbury State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:33–24 (.579)
Postseason:3–2 (.600)
Career:36–25 (.590)
Coaching stats at PFR

Daniel Patrick Quinn (born September 11, 1970) is an American football coach who is the current head coach 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 defense led the team to two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XLVIII.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Born in Morristown, New Jersey,[1] Quinn grew up in nearby Morris Township and played high school football at Morristown High School in Morristown,[2][3] from which he graduated in 1989.[4] 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.[5]

Coaching career[edit]


Quinn began his collegiate coaching career with the William & Mary Tribe football team in 1994 and at Virginia Military Institute in 1995, working with their defensive lines.[6]


Quinn began his NFL coaching career in San Francisco as their defensive quality control coach in 2001.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9][10]

On February 2, 2015, Quinn reached an agreement to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16][17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
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 4 6 0 .400 3rd in NFC South - - -
Total 33 25 0 .569 3 2 .600

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Quinn has served:

Assistant coaches under Quinn who have become NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ Dan Quinn: Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons. Accessed February 20, 2017. "Quinn was born in Morristown, New Jersey."
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ Clark, Glenn. "Atlanta Falcons Head Coach, Salisbury University Alum Dan Quinn Makes University Proud". Press Box Online. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  6. ^ Rohan, Tim. "Dan Quinn's Coaching Roots at William & Mary". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  7. ^ McClure, Vaughn. "Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci reflects on giving Dan Quinn his NFL shot". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  8. ^ "Dan Quinn Named Finalist for Broyles Award". Florida Gators Athletics. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (February 4, 2014). "Comparing Seahawks to '85 Bears". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  11. ^ Mcclure, Vaughn (February 2, 2015). "Falcons to introduce Dan Quinn". ESPN. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "2015 Atlanta Falcons Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  13. ^ "2016 Atlanta Falcons Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  14. ^ "Divisional Round - Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons - January 14th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  15. ^ "NFC Championship - Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons - January 22nd, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  16. ^ Chadiha, Jeffri. "Falcons' historic collapse leads to Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win". NFL. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

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