3 coaches who can replace Cowboys DC Dan Quinn if he’s a HC next year

Dan Quinn, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports)
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Joe Whitt Jr, Green Bay Packers
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2. Joe Whitt Jr.

The Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator, Joe Whitt Jr., would be an ideal candidate to step in and replace his successor. However, it might be harder to do that than people think. Whitt came from Atlanta with Quinn over to the Cowboys’ coaching staff last season. Essentially, these two coaches have a history together. So, if Quinn leaves, he might want Whitt to come and be the defensive coordinator for his new team.

Aside from the Quinn connection, Whitt is drawing a lot of notice from other teams for their defensive coordinator position. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, and Baltimore Ravens have all expressed interest.

Essentially, the Cowboys might not even have a chance to hire Whitt to defensive coordinator in the first place. However, Whitt also has a long relationship with head coach Mike McCarthy. They were together for 11 seasons in the Packers’ organization from 2008 to 2018. Both winded up being fired in 2018 as well.

Along with Quinn, Whitt was another key piece in revamping the Cowboys’ defense. Being the secondaries coach, he got to work with cornerback Trevon Diggs and safety Jayron Kearse, two players that had big seasons for America’s Team.

After having 15 seasons of NFL experience and five years at the collegiate level, Whitt’s turn as the top dog could be here very soon. However, if Whitt moves on and gets a job somewhere else, the Cowboys can still decide to hire someone internally as pointed out by Mike Luciano, a writer here at The Landry Hat.