Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner and chairman, announced today that Dan Quinn will no longer be the head coach of the team. Blank also fired general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons remain 0 and 5 this season after Sunday’s loss to Carolina.
Quinn became coach for the Falcons in 2015 and led the team to a 5-0 start, becoming the first coach in franchise history to begin his career with five straight wins.
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.
In 2017, Quinn led the Falcons to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, where they lost in a record-breaking fashion many fans will never forget. After going up 28-3, the team began to fall apart in the second half. They lost in overtime 34-28.
Dimitroff is one of the of the longest-tenured general managers in the NFL. He began in Atlanta in 2008.
Quinn 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 was born in Morristown, New Jersey. He and his wife, Stacey, reside in Suwanee, Ga.
Dimitroff was born in Barberton, Ohio, in 1966. Thomas has one son, Mason and one daughter, Aja Neve.