Daniel Patrick “Dan” Quinn (born September 11, 1970) is the current head coach of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). Quinn began his collegiate coaching career at William & Mary in 1994 and at Virginia Military Institute in 1995, working with their defensive lines. In professional football, 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). He began his NFL coaching career in San Francisco as their defensive quality control coach in 2001 before moving to the defensive line. 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. 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.

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