It’s official. The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons which are owned by the Jewish businessman Arthur Blank, introduced Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as its new head coach today.
Quinn, who signed a five year contract, becomes the team’s 16th head coach in its 47 year history.
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The team failed the make the playoffs this year after going 6-10 and losing its last two games.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, focus is switching to how the season’s losing teams are trying to improve for next year. Since the Patriots’ and Seahawks’ seasons have officially ended, their staff members are free to sign with other teams. The NFL has a rule which requires each of its 32 franchises to allow an assistant coach out of his contract should he be offered a chance to become the head coach or general manager of another team.
“This is an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise and our fans, ” said Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank in a press release. “Dan is a talented football coach who has a deep and diverse history in the game, which will serve us well. As we got to know Dan during the interview process, it became clear that he has a definitive plan for our football team and what it will take to win on a consistent basis. He also has a proven ability to develop players by maximizing their individual strengths. For these and many other reasons, Dan became our top pick, and I’m confident our players, staff, fans and community will be proud to have him represent the Falcons.
Blank added, “I would like to personally thank Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for his patience and support during our head coach search. I’m sure the Seahawks will be sorry to see Dan leave, but no one has been more supportive of this opportunity for Dan than Pete.”
“I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am excited to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, ” Quinn said. “This felt like the right fit from the beginning, and I want to thank Mr. Blank for his resolve as this was an extended and complicated process. My goal is to build upon the foundation that has been laid here and to play a physical brand of football as we build a championship caliber team.”