Dan Quinn agrees to 5-year deal with Falcons; Hawks defensive backs coach steps up

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At left, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. (Photo: Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have announced that Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be the team’s next coach.

The Falcons on Monday said Quinn will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. Quinn replaces Mike Smith, who was fired following a 6-10 finish in 2014.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press earlier Monday that Quinn agreed to a five-year deal.

Quinn says the Falcons “felt like the right fit from the beginning.”

The Falcons exercised patience while waiting for Quinn, who could not be offered a job until after Seattle’s 28-24 Super Bowl loss Sunday night to the New England Patriots.

The 44-year-old Quinn helped Seattle reach back-to-back Super Bowls. Seattle beat Denver in last year’s championship.

The Seahawks are expected to replace Quinn at defensive coordinator with current defensive backs coach Kris Richard, Nfl.com reported.  Richard is a former NFL cornerback, and followed Pete Carroll from USC in 2012 to to work as a defensive backs coach.

Quinn spent two seasons as the Hawks defensive coordinator after former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley left the position to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars.



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    • Brian

      Well said. He was an awesome DC. Gus Bradley was good, but I think Quinn did even better. The pressure is on Kris Richard, but he’s inheriting a great young nucleus of playmakers. Go Seahawks in ’15!

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