The Chicago Bears contacted at least 15 general managers and 11 coaching candidates for interviews. While they go through this process, we look at each potential employee.
Dan Quinn gave an interview for the coach opening Saturday, the Bears announced.
<знак класса="hl_orange">Dan Quinn
Title: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator
Quinn is one of the Bears’ most experienced candidates, having served over five seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons before he was fired in October 2020 after starting 0-5.
The Falcons went 43–42 and made the playoffs twice during his tenure, including a 2016 team that advanced to Super Bowl LI and crashed in the second half to lose to the New England Patriots in overtime. This team had current San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur as quarterbacks coach.
Quinn began his NFL career in 2001 as a defensive assistant for the 49ers. He coached the defensive line for the Photoniners (2003-04), Miami Dolphins (2005-06), New York Jets (2007-08), and Seattle Seahawks (2009-10), and was also a defensive coordinator. Seahawks (2013-14).
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Quinn got his head coaching chance after leading the Seahawks defense, which was one of the best in the NFL in 2013 and 2014, when the Seahawks made two consecutive Super Bowls. But the defense of the Falcons did not have the same success.
This season, the Cowboys were passing 351 yards per game, ranked 19th, but only 21.1 points per game, ranked seventh.
Among the losses that sealed Quinn’s fate with the Falcons in 2020 was a 30–26 Bears victory in which Bears coach Matt Nagy replaced Mitch Trubisky on the bench in place of Nick Fowles. It was the Falcons’ third loss in a five-game losing streak at the start of the season.
What was said
When he fired Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement that he had “deep love, admiration and respect” for them.
“For years, they have represented me, our team, the organization, and Atlanta with class, commitment, and all the passion you want in a team leader,” Blank said. “But as everyone knows, this is a results business and I owe it to our fans to put the best product we can on the field. We put all possible resources into winning and will continue to do so, but the latest results are not up to our standards or what I promised our fans.”
Before LaFleur’s Packers played Quinn’s Falcons in 2020, LaFleur said, “I learned a lot from DQ just in terms of letting the guys come to work and have fun, have fun. … He was the first guy I actually met who embraced this style of environment and it has had a big impact on the way we do our business here with the Green Bay Packers.”