franchise history to begin his career with five straight wins. Despite a mid-season
slump, Quinn rallied the Falcons to wins in two of their final three games to close
out the season with an 8-8 record. His defensive background was crucial in helping
Atlanta improve from 32nd in total defense to 16th over one year.
Quinn took over the club after serving as the Seattle Seahawks defensive
coordinator for two seasons (2013-14), helping guide them to consecutive Super
Bowl appearances. During that span, Quinn oversaw the NFL’s top defensive
unit as Seattle led the League allowing 270.4 yards per game, 15.2 points per
game and 178.8 passing yards per game while holding opponents to 91.6 rushing
yards per game.
In 2014, Quinn’s defense led the NFL in scoring defense (15.9), total defense
(267.1), and passing yards (185.6), while ranking third in rushing yards (81.5).
The Seahawks also boasted the League’s top defensive unit in 2013, en route to
a win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Quinn originally joined the Seahawks in 2009, after spending the previous six
years coaching the defensive lines for the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04), Miami
Dolphins (2005-06) and the New York Jets (2007-08). He previously served as
the Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line coach in 2009 under Jim Mora.
Quinn left Seattle in 2011 to become the defensive coordinator at the University
of Florida where his defenses ranked in the top-10 in the country. In
his first season with the Gators, his defense ranked eighth nationally in total
defense (299.5), seventh in passing defense (166.8), and second in third-down
defense (27.12 percent).
Prior to joining Seattle, Quinn coached the defensive line for the New York
Jets from 2007-2008. In, 2008 the Jets defense ranked fifth in the NFL in yards
per carry (3.7), seventh in sacks (41) and ninth in rushing yards per game
(94.9). The Jets were also sixth in the AFC in yards per play (5.2) and thirddown
He held the same position for the Miami Dolphins for two seasons (2005-06),
where Quinn helped the Dolphins rank first in the AFC and second in the NFL with
49 sacks. Miami also finished third in the AFC in yards per play (4.7) and fourth in
yards per carry (3.7).
He began his NFL coaching career in San Francisco as its defensive assistant in
2001 before moving on to coach the 49ers defensive line from 2003-2004. Quinn
got his start coaching the defensive line at William and Mary in 1994, followed by a
season at Virginia Military Institute. He held the same position with Hofstra for four
seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000.
Quinn was a four-year letter winner and two-time co-captain at Division III
Salisbury (Md.) State as a defensive lineman, where he recorded 139 tackles
and eight tackles for loss. He also lettered in track and held the school record
in the hammer throw. He was inducted into the Salisbury State Athletic Hall of
Fame in 2005.
Quinn’s charitable foundation, Quinn’s Corps, which he and his wife, Stacey,
started in 2005, serves members of the military both at home and abroad. Quinn’s
foundation provides military families that are stateside with tickets to games
while sending special care packages to soldiers that are deployed overseas.
Quinn was born in Morristown, New Jersey. He and his wife, Stacey, reside in
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