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Pro Football Writers Announce NFL Assistant Coach Of The Year

Dan Quinn on the sidelines.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 14: Defensive Coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn looks on before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's transformation of a unit that was one of the worst in the league in 2020 was a major reason why "America's Team" reached the playoffs in 2021.

Today, the Pro Football Writers of America honored Quinn for his performance, naming him the 2021 Assistant Coach of the Year. The news caps off what was a strong first year in Dallas for the former Atlanta Falcons head coach.

It also comes on the day Quinn announced he'd be removing his name from consideration for head coaching positions around the NFL and returning to the Cowboys for another season.

Quinn's return was met with enthusiasm from Cowboys supporters, as well as from star linebacker Micah Parsons, who seems happy Quinn will be back.

Under Quinn, the Cowboys' defense ranked seventh in the NFL in points allowed, first in interceptions and first in overall takeaways.

Dallas will look to build on that foundation under the 51-year-old coordinator in 2022.