Kyle Shanahan, Dan Quinn renew acquaintances this weekend in 49ers-Cowboys game

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Five years ago, the Falcons went on a Super Bowl run with Dan Quinn serving as head coach and Kyle Shanahan working as the offensive coordinator. (It ultimately didn’t work out.) On Sunday, Shanahan’s 49ers face the Cowboys, for whom Quinn has done a great job as first-year defensive coordinator.

“Dan Quinn is one of the best coaches I’ve been around,” Shanahan told reporters on Monday. “One of the best people I’ve been around. I’ve got as much respect for him as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I haven’t jumped into it at a ton yet. It doesn’t surprise me how much he’s helped them this year. And they’ve got a real good one and I have a feeling he won’t be in that position very long.”

Shanahan surely learned a lot about Quinn during their time together in Atlanta. Quinn surely learned a lot about Shanahan. It surely adds a layer of intrigue to a rematch of one of the great playoff rivalries of days gone by.

3 responses to “Kyle Shanahan, Dan Quinn renew acquaintances this weekend in 49ers-Cowboys game

  1. From the late 80s to mid 90s, the NFC Championship, typically featuring these teams, was the marquee match up for the playoffs and more competitive than the ensuing SB

  2. That’s a nice story. Shanahan is up there with the best coaches. But this is the 49ers vs Cowboys! Forty years ago today, Dwight Clark made the famous “The Catch” from Joe Montana to beat the Cowboys in the Championship game and go on to win their first of four Super Bowl rings with Joe Montana. Kyle was just 2 years old. But maybe he can add something to this historic rivalry.

  3. Five years ago, the Falcons went on a Super Bowl run with Dan Quinn serving as head coach and Kyle Shanahan working as the offensive coordinator. (It ultimately didn’t work out.)
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    Because they are both morons. Sorry, but thats just reality. They werent satisfied with beating NE in the Super Bowl, they wanted to annihilate the Patriots in the SB. At 28-3, they could have taken 3 knees and punted on every possession, and the Patriots would have run out of time. In other words, just keep it on the ground and take time off the clock. Instead they were still throwing passes (which lead to clock stoppage, it lead to a sack fumble that turned into a short field and a Patriots TD, etc).

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