According to Jason La Canfora, former Falcons HC Dan Quinn is already drawing a lot of interest from teams vying to add him to their staff in 2021.
La Canfora says Quinn could possibly get another head coaching opportunity in either the NFL or college football. If he’s not a head coach, La Canfora adds Quinn will still be in high demand as a defensive coordinator.
Several teams have already made it known through back channels that they’re interested in adding Quinn to their staff and a few other head coaching candidates have Quinn as their top defensive coordinator choice.
Two opportunities that stand out, per La Canfora, are the Seahawks and 49ers. Quinn’s last job before joining Atlanta was as defensive coordinator for HC Pete Carroll in Seattle. The Seahawks are struggling mightily on defense this year and Quinn would be a natural fit to try to return the unit to its glory days.
San Francisco also runs a similar defensive scheme with DC Robert Saleh, who’s also expected to be a strong potential head coaching candidate this offseason. If Saleh leaves, Quinn would be a strong replacement given he’s already familiar with HC Kyle Shanahan who was his offensive coordinator for a few years with the Falcons.
Quinn, 50, got his start in the NFL in 2001 with the 49ers as a defensive quality control coach before being promoted to defensive line coach. He spent time with the Dolphins, Jets and Seahawks in the same position before being promoted to defensive coordinator in Seattle in 2013.
Quinn was hired by the Falcons as their head coach in 2015. He helped guide the team to a Super Bowl appearance in his second year in 2016.
As the Falcons head coach, Quinn led to the team to a record of 43-42 (50.5 percent) over the course of six seasons, which includes two playoff appearances.
We’ll have more on Quinn as the news is available.