The Atlanta Falcons made if official Monday afternoon, naming Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn their 16th coach.
Quinn, 44, takes over the club after serving as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons (2013-14).
During that span Seattle became the fourth team in NFL history to lead the league in fewest points and yards allowed in back-to-back seasons and the first since the 1985-86 Chicago Bears.
In 2014, Quinn’s defense led the NFL in scoring defense (15.9), total defense (267.1), and passing yards (185.6) and ranked third in rushing yards (81.5). The Seahawks also boasted the league’s top defensive unit in 2013 en route to a win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“This is an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise and our fans,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Dan is a talented football coach who has a deep and diverse history in the game, which will serve us well. As we got to know Dan during the interview process, it became clear that he has a definitive plan for our football team and what it will take to win on a consistent basis. He also has a proven ability to develop players by maximizing their individual strengths. For these and many other reasons, Dan became our top pick, and I’m confident our players, staff, fans and community will be proud to have him represent the Falcons.
“I would like to personally thank Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for his patience and support during our head coach search,” added Blank. “I’m sure the Seahawks will be sorry to see Dan leave, but no one has been more supportive of this opportunity for Dan than Pete.”
Said Quinn in the statement: “I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am excited to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. This felt like the right fit from the beginning, and I want to thank Mr. Blank for his resolve as this was an extended and complicated process. My goal is to build upon the foundation that has been laid here and to play a physical brand of football as we build a championship caliber team.”