The Atlanta Constitution reported Sunday that the Atlanta Falcons — to no one’s surprise — will name Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach the day after Super Bowl XLIX. Quinn, who has presided over the NFL’s top-rated defense each of the past two seasons, had two interviews with the Falcons, who cannot officially name Quinn until after the final game.
According to the Constitution, Quinn will call Atlanta’s defensive plays and probably will be assisted by Raheem Morris, former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11). Quinn coached Morris at Hofstra in the 1990s.
The Falcons have already hired Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator.
Quinn coached Seattle’s defensive line in 2009-10 before taking a job on the University of Florida staff in 2011. Quinn returned to Seattle Jan. 17, 2013, after then-defensive coordinator Gus Bradley departed Seattle to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Under Quinn’s direction, the Seahawks led the NFL in fewest points and yards allowed for two consecutive seasons, reaching the Super Bowl both years. In Super Bowl XLVIII, Quinn’s defense held Peyton Manning and the highest-scoring offense in history (37.9 points per game during the regular season) to eight points.