The Broncos have completed another interview as part of their search for a new head coach.
General Manager George Paton and the team's search committee met with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Tuesday, the team announced. Quinn is the fifth candidate the Broncos have interviewed for the position.
Quinn, the only reported candidate with head coaching experience, spent the 2021 season as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator after more than five seasons as the Falcons' head coach. While in Atlanta, Quinn led a pair of teams to at least 10 wins and guided the 2016 Falcons to an appearance in Super Bowl LI.
Prior to his time with the Falcons, Quinn served as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator from 2013-14. He also hasNFL stops with the 49ers, Dolphins and Jets. In all, Quinn has 19 seasons of NFL experience.
During Quinn's nine seasons as either a defensive coordinator or head coach, his defenses have ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense on four occasions, including back-to-back top-ranked defenses in Seattle. The 2021 Cowboys ranked seventh in points allowed while recording the most takeaways in the league.
"I certainly understand if people focus on what happened toward the end in Atlanta or they focus on 28-3 or what happened in the Super Bowl, but if you're looking for leadership and the ability to build a culture, Quinn has shown that he can do that," NFL Network's Tom Pelissero told DenverBroncos.com. "It's not as much of a projection as it is with some of the first-time head coaches. You've seen it, you know what his strengths are, you know what his weaknesses are. You've seen how he would do it, and from all accounts, his time away last season really helped him get a better grasp on when he gets the next opportunity — and he's going to be selective — when he gets that next opportunity, here's how he's going to make it that much better and that much more sustainable."
The Broncos will reportedly interview five more candidates for their head coaching position. Denver previously interviewed Lions DC Aaron Glenn, Packers quarterbacks/passing game coordinator Luke Getsy, Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett and Cowboys OC Kellen Moore.