Atlanta Falcons name Seattle Seahawks DC Dan Quinn next head coach

Quinn's Seattle defense led the NFL in several categories the last two years

Dan Quinn didn't get a second Super Bowl ring as the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator.

But he did get a head coaching job with the Falcons, Atlanta announced Monday afternoon.

"I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am excited to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons,” Quinn said in a statement. “This felt like the right fit from the beginning, and I want to thank [Falcons owner] Mr. [Arthur] Blank for his resolve, as this was an extended and complicated process."

The Falcons weren't allowed to make an official offer to Quinn until after his season was over. That happened Sunday night, when the Seahawks lost to the Patriots, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX.

A person familiar with the negotiations said Monday that Quinn had agreed to a five-year deal with the Falcons, according to the Associated Press.

In his first year with the Seahawks last year, Quinn helped the team win its first Lombardi Trophy with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Quinn's defense has led the NFL in yards allowed, yards per game, points allowed, points per game, passing yards allowed and passing yards per game in both of his seasons with the Seahawks.

The Falcons allowed the most total yards and yards passing in the league this season.

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