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Cowboys have interest in Ron Rivera as defensive coordinator if Dan Quinn leaves

Jan 28, 2024 #Dallas Cowboys, #Dan Quinn

A name has emerged as a possible DC for the Cowboys if Dan Quinn leaves.The final win of the season for the Dallas Cowboys came in Week 18 on the road against the Washington Commanders. It was also, so to speak, the last game for the other staff members involved.

Shortly after the end of the regular season, the Commanders announced they would be replacing head coach Ron Rivera. Interestingly, Rivera was hired in the same 2020 cycle as Mike McCarthy and finished each season with a sub-.500 record, although he was good enough to win the division that first year.

Rivera has been in the NFL a long time and has been a head coach every season since 2011, when he took over the Carolina Panthers. Real coaches with that kind of history don’t shy away from the coordinator role, which is why it was interesting when he interviewed for that job with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Philly eventually hired Vic Fangio to lead the defense and Kellen Moore to lead the offense, meaning Rivera is still looking for a home. If current Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn eventually leaves, he will still have the option to take Rivera’s old job in Washington, including the skipper role with the Seattle Seahawks, leaving Dallas to look for someone to fill the role . According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday… Dallas has interest in Rivera in that specific case.

Washington’s defense was pretty good two years ago, but for the most part it’s been a pretty tough scene under Rivera, which isn’t great for him considering defense is his specialty. To be fair to Rivera, the Commanders kind of missed the 2023 season at the trade deadline when they cut Montez Sweat and Chase Young.

However, Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy have repeatedly exposed the Washington group to the public over the past four years. It’s hard to imagine how much the Cowboys wanted to see her up close so often and have her as part of their organization.

Maybe the Cowboys want Rivera’s leadership skills in charge of their defense, one of the few things he seems to be exemplary at. Rivera built a strong culture with the Carolina Panthers and did what he could (it was a daunting task) to guide the Washington franchise through a number of situations.

Rivera actually interviewed for the Cowboys head coaching job many moons ago. He had previously interviewed in 2007 when the position ultimately went to Wade Phillips. Maybe he’ll finally join the team here and now.

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