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Dallas, Las Vegas Hire Defensive Coordinators

In our new version of DVOA which adjusts for higher offensive environment indoors, the Falcons defense under Quinn do not suck quite as much! Instead, the numbers suggest the Cowboys have signed up for mediocrity.

  • 2015: 3.1% (18th)
  • 2016: 3.6% (19th)
  • 2017: 2.3% (17th)
  • 2018: 12.5% (30th)
  • 2019: 1.4% (17th)
  • 2020 before firing: 12.6% (29th)

I am unenthusiastic.

UPDATE: All the old Seattle defensive coordinators are getting jobs! Gus Bradley, who preceded Quinn in Seattle, was hired as the new DC in Las Vegas after spending the last four years running the Chargers defense.

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7 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2021, 1:47pm

1 To add to this,

Quinn as a DC in Seattle

Year before, 2012: -14.1% (5th)

2013: -25.1% (1st)

2014: -16% (2nd)

Year after, 2015: -14.8% (4th)

Year before HC, 13.1%, (31st)

The NFL sure does love retreads tho. Are 3 year deals common?

2 I wonder if Dan Quinn…

I wonder if Dan Quinn peppered his interview with the word analytics over and over and over again. Isn't that what Mike McCarthy basically did?

4 To be fair to Quinn, the…

To be fair to Quinn, the Falcons spent the bulk of their resources on offense, with huge deals for Ryan, Julio Jones, and Jake Matthews, an above-market deal for Gurley, and valuable draft picks spent on Ridley and Hurst. The Falcons only had a few defensive players for which they spent any resources whatsoever - Fowler, Jarrett, Deion Jones, and A.J. Terrell. Much like the Manning-era Colts, that might be a roster construction where "mediocre" on defense is all that can be expected.

7 Who was drafting?

Was Quinn the one picking the talent? I always thought Dimitroff was doing all the grocery shopping, and expecting Quinn to make do with what leftover picks were given to the defense.