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The latest news on Dan Quinn’s candidacy as head coach and his possible replacement.

The latest news on Dan Quinn’s candidacy as head coach and his possible replacement.

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has drawn interest from several teams for head coaching vacancies.


The only two remaining vacancies are those of the Washington Commanders and the Seattle Seahawks.

Quinn is a candidate for both positions. He already had a second interview with the Seahawks last week and will have a second interview with the Commanders on Tuesday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined the Pat McAfee Show to talk about coaching vacancies on Monday.

“People have said here that they think [Detroit Lions offensive coach] Ben Johnson is going to Washington and Dan Quinn is going to Seattle,” Schefter said on the show. “I bet at least one of them is wrong, at the very least, maybe both.”

When talking about the job on the Commanders, Schefter also added that they are “pretty impressed with [Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator] Mike McDonald, [Detroit Lions defensive coordinator] Aaron Glenn and [Baltimore defensive line coach] Ravens] Anthony Weaver. And I think those guys will have a legitimate shot at getting that job.”

Quinn has no prior coaching experience in Washington, but he does in Seattle. In his 20 years as an NFL coach, he spent four with the Seahawks in two separate stints.

The first was from 2009 to 2010, when he was their assistant head coach and defensive line coach under Jim Mora.

The second was in 2013-2014 as defensive coordinator under Pete Carroll. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in the 2013 season, which featured the league’s best defense (fewest points allowed per game), led by Quinn.


The 53-year-old coach has led the Cowboys’ defense the past three seasons, which has been a top-7 defensive unit every year under him.

Several teams have requested Dallas defensive line coach Aden Durde for their defensive coordinator position.

Durde was with Quinn his final three seasons in Atlanta and could take another job or follow Quinn if he ends up in one of the two open positions.

If both leave, that would leave room for a former division rival to potentially fill Quinn’s defensive coordinator job.

“I’m told the Cowboys have some interest in considering [Ron] Rivera as their defensive coordinator if Dan Quinn leaves,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Sunday.

Rivera is 62 years old and hasn’t been a coordinator since 2010 after holding head coaching jobs with the Carolina Panthers and Washington Commanders.

He was defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (2004-2006) and the San Diego Chargers (2008-2010). The Pro Football Writers of America named him Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005. He also won two AP Coach of the Year awards with the Panthers (2013, 2015).

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