According to sources, Dan Quinn is the favorite to become the next defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys.
Quinn will succeed Mike Nolan, who was fired by coach Mike McCarthy last week and will inherit a defense in one of the worst seasons in Cowboy history.
According to sources, Quinn will fly to Dallas for the first interview and has held the position since 2015. He was fired as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons after five consecutive games in 2020. He won the Falcons’ second season into the Super Bowl with a 43-42 record.
Being with Quinn will be a signal that will mark the Cowboys’ presence in Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli and Chris Richard from 2013 to 19 Reused under the leadership of (Kris Richard).
Quinn, 50, served as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013-14 season before becoming the head coach of Atlanta. He adopted a 4-3 plan, which mainly used a single-high safety appearance and helped the Seahawks consecutive Super Bowl appearances. The Seahawks ranked first in yardage and scoring in both his seasons.
The owner and general manager Jerry Jones is eager to get rid of McCarthy’s first year of cowboy projects because he thinks it is too simple. Nolan brought a hybrid defense that could use multiple covers and camouflage to confuse the offense, but this never really happened.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nolan and the defense personnel had to implement their new defense measures virtually without any benefit of working on-site until the shortened training camp began. The early results were disastrous, with the Cowboys scoring at least 34 points in five of the first six games.
Nolan simplified the plan at the beginning of the season, but the defense never really worked. The Cowboys scored the most in franchise history (473 points) and scored 31st on the run defensively.
Part of the problem is not that the plan is suitable for players. Defensive linemen who used to attack the high court to disrupt the game are now required to block the blockade. Linebackers do not have a downhill path and are usually slow to make decisions or are swallowed by larger offensive linebackers.
During his two years as the Seattle coordinator, Quinn had a team built on defense, including Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas, and Richard Sherman.
He will not inherit that kind of talent in Dallas. DeMarcus Lawrence is the highest paid cowboy. Although he only has 6.5 sacks, he will perform well in 2020. Jaylon Smith leads the Cowboys in tackle games, but he has some doubts about the team’s future due to potential salary cap issues. Leighton Vander Esch, a first-round pick in 2018, missed six games due to a broken clavicle and a high ankle sprain.
The three members of the middle school-safety Xavier Woods and guards Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis-will be free agents. The same goes for passer Aldon Smith.
The Cowboys feel that cornerback Trevon Diggs and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore have high ceilings for their second and third round picks in 2020, and second-year safety Sex Donovan Wilson (Donovan Wilson) played a role after entering the starting lineup.