Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be named the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 2, the day after the Super Bowl, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be officially named the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 2, the day after the Super Bowl, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
The report confirms widespread speculation that Quinn would be the next Falcons head coach. Fox Sports had reported earlier this month Quinn was expected to take the job once Seattle's post-season ended. Quinn cannot be officially offered the job until the Seahawks' season is over.
Quinn will be joined on the Atlanta staff by one of his former players, former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris. While Quinn is "expected to call the defensive plays," the report said, Morris will serve as the Falcons assistant defensive coordinator, according to the Washington Post. Quinn coached Morris as a player at Hofstra in the 1990s.
Quinn, 44, has led the NFL's best defense over the past two seasons, in which he has served as the Seahawks defensive coordinator. Quinn coached Seattle's defensive line in 2009-10 before taking a defensive coordinator job on Will Muschamp's University of Florida staff in 2011.
The Falcons finished in third place in the NFC South division after posting a 6-10 record. The team's defense was the worst in the NFL. The team fired head coach Mike Smith following the team's final game of the season.
Seattle will take on New England in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 at 6:30 pm EST.
- Will Green