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Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys interested in former coach as defensive coordinator.

The Green Bay Packers fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry after the season, while Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is the favorite to become the Seattle Seahawks’ next coach.

With both storied NFL franchises potentially in the market for a defensive play-caller, there’s one common name to keep an eye on.

Coaching searches for a defensive coordinator are nothing new for Green Bay. Barry took over in 2021, replacing Mike Pettine (2018-20), who replaced Dom Capers (2009-17).

While there have been some bright spots in the Packers’ defense during this span, the units have been largely disappointing.As for Dallas, there’s nothing owner Jerry Jones would rather do than keep Quinn and the team in some sort of hiatus, as most head coaching positions are filled quickly.


However, the chances of Quinn heading to Seattle mean Dallas will have to think about his possible replacement.

According to Sportskeeda’s Tony Pauline, the Packers are interested in former Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera due to their vacant defensive play-caller position. Additionally, the Cowboys are expected to be interested if Quinn leaves for Seattle.

Washington had one of the worst defenses in the NFL under defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio for much of the season. Del Rio was later fired on November 24, 2023 after a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. After his release, Rivera took over the position of defensive player.

• *Washington Commanders defense (with Ron Rivera): 256.4 passing yards allowed per game, 11-2 TD-INT ratio, 2.2 TD passes allowed per game, 19.7 QB rating, completion rate 72.6%, 4.6 yards per carry allowed, 46.9% third-down conversion rate downThings haven’t improved much under Rivera’s leadership.

Washington still finished the regular season with the worst defense in the league. Both struggled to generate pressure while producing the most passes in the NFL. After his firing, Rivera made it clear he wanted to become a defensive coordinator.

In Green Bay and Dallas, Rivera would have more talent in the secondary than in Washington. Mike McCarthy and Matt LaFleur could view him as an ideal option to add experience to the coaching staff while bringing defensive pedigree.

However, given that Rivera’s best years as a defensive player were over a decade ago, it begs the question of how successful he would be at the position next season.

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