Quinn lays out plan for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Dan Quinn is looking to build a defense that plays "fast and physical" and an offense with balance as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
The former Seattle defensive coordinator was introduced as the team's coach Tuesday, two days after the Seahawks lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
"I can't wait to build a similar championship environment here in Atlanta," Quinn said. "There are all sorts of challenges ahead, lots of hard work to do. I can't wait to get started."
The Seahawks played in Super Bowls in each of Quinn's two seasons and won the championship two years ago. Quinn replaces Mike Smith, who was fired following two straight losing seasons.
The Falcons announced Quinn's hiring Monday.
Quinn's expertise may be defense, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank chose him "to provide leadership in all three phases of the game and add additional leadership in the building of our franchise."
Quinn's coaching staff will include offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Richard Smith. Shanahan had the same job with the Cleveland Browns last year after four seasons directing the Washington Redskins' offense.
"The way he can attack an offense, he's one of the hardest guys to coach against when you're coaching defense," the 44-year-old Quinn said.
Smith was Denver's linebackers coach the past four years. Quinn will have a prominent role in shaping the defense.
"My kind of guy is somebody who plays fast and physical," Quinn said. "That style starts with effort first. That's where we'll start. There are a number of guys already here who are going to be a part of it."
On offense, Quinn said "for me, the number one thing is balance. ... I've always admired teams that had tough, physical styles."