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FRISCO, Texas — Dan Quinn has reached agreement with the Dallas Cowboys to become the team’s next defensive coordinator, according to a source.
He agreed to a three-year deal, matching the length of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s new contract. Both coordinators will be signed through the 2023 season.
Quinn takes over for Mike Nolan, who was fired last week by coach Mike McCarthy, and inherits a defense that had one of the worst seasons in Cowboys history.
Quinn was fired as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons after five games in 2020 after having held the job since 2015. He posted a 43-42 record and took the Falcons to the Super Bowl in his second season.
Going with Quinn signals a return to