How Dan Quinn and the Cowboys front office can fix the defense
By Angel Torres
It will be interesting to see if Quinn will be allowed to construct his own defensive staff. The Cowboys have already interviewed his secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. who has ties to Head Coach Mike McCarthy. I wonder if the interview was more about adding him to the staff rather than actually being the coordinator.
Kris Richard is also out there in limbo and was part of this staff not too long ago. Richard was a fiery leader and I wonder how Cowboys Nation feels about him now after watching Mike Nolan and company.
I also think that Raheem Morris could make his way to Big D if he isn’t offered a suitable job anywhere. Bringing in the Atlanta defensive staff doesn’t sound too appealing but the one factor that should benefit Quinn is he won’t have head coaching responsibilities to worry about.
Morris as a linebackers coach could do wonders with the current group of incumbents. From what I have gathered, these guys are excellent teachers but the talent was just subpar in Atlanta. I would expect a mixture of both guys they like from the previous staff to mix in with Quinn.
If the team is mixing in people, this would be a great time for the Dallas Cowboys to offer Sean Lee let’s say assistant linebackers coach. I feel like it is Lee’s destiny for him to be a coach so starting him off in the only place he has played professionally would be a nice gesture for his years of great service.
Speaking of former Dallas Cowboys linebackers, I would also like to keep an eye out for Seattle’s current defensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys defensive emotional leader Ken Norton Jr. Sure the defensive side had a historically difficult 2020 season but bringing in a former player with hardware that is fully qualified to conduct every defensive job in the building is worth noting.
I believe Seattle might make a change there giving Norton a late start to all these coaching vacancies could benefit the Cowboys.
A defensive coaching staff with Ken Norton Jr. coaching the defensive line, Morris and Lee as the linebackers coaches, Richard coaching the cornerbacks while Whitt takes over as safeties coach makes for a loaded defensive unit that won’t hurt the Cowboys if any of them decide to leave for a coaching job elsewhere or for incompetence.