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The latest on Dan Quinn’s head coaching candidates and potential replacements

Jan 30, 2024 #Dan Quinn, #Ron] Rivera

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has received interest from multiple teams for the head coaching vacancy.

The only two spots open are the Washington Commanders and Seattle Seahawks. Quinn is a candidate for both. He had a second interview with the Seahawks last week and is scheduled to have a second interview with the Chiefs on Tuesday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined the Pat McAfee Show this month to talk about the coaching vacancy.”People here are saying they think Ben Johnson is going to Washington and Dan Quinn is going to Seattle,” Schefter said on the show.

“At least one of them would be wrong, and at least both of them would be wrong.””I’ve been very impressed with [Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator] Mike McDonald, [Lions defensive coordinator] Aaron Glenn and [Ravens defensive line coach] Anthony Weaver,” Schefter added of his captains’ work.


“I think those people will have a legitimate opportunity to get that job.”Quinn has no coaching experience in Washington, but is working in Seattle. The 20-year NFL coach spent four of those years in two separate stints with the Seahawks.

The first was when he was head coach and defensive line coach under Jim Mora in 2009-2010. The other joined as defensive coordinator under Pete Carroll in 2013-14. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in the 2013 season with the league’s best defense (fewest points allowed per game) led by Quinn.

The 53-year-old has led a Cowboys defense that has ranked in the top seven under him in each of the last three seasons. Dallas defensive line coach Aden Durr has been approached by several teams for the defensive coordinator position.

Durde has stuck with Quinn for the last three seasons in Atlanta and could either get another job or follow Quinn if he lands one of the two open jobs.

The departure of both would leave room for a former intra-division rival to fill Quinn’s defensive coordinator role. “I heard the Cowboys are interested in bringing in [Ron] Rivera as defensive coordinator if Dan Quinn leaves.”

Rivera is 62 years old and has not been a coordinator since 2010 after head coaching retirements from the Carolina Panthers and Washington Commanders.

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

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