Former Falcons HC Dan Quinn named AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

Dan Quinn

Dan Quinn has been named the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2021 season as the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys. In just one season, Quinn helped turn the Dallas defense from one of the worst units in league history into a driving force in the team winning the NFC East title.

He received 31 votes while Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier took second place with four votes. The former Falcons head coach got the absolute most out of his star-studded group. Micah Parsons was named Defensive Rookie of the Year after notching 13 sacks, Trevon Diggs led the league with 11 interceptions, and Randy Gregory tied his career-high sack total in just 12 games.

Quinn led a defense that was seventh in scoring and second in third-down efficiency this past season, which is a substantial improvement from the prior season — 28th in scoring and 26th in third-down efficiency. He has had quite an impressive career, winning a Super Bowl as the Seahawks defensive coordinator during the 2013 season while leading the Falcons to another in 2016. Quinn was linked to several head coaching vacancies but will instead remain with the Cowboys for the 2022 season.

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