1. Vic Fangio
It didn’t pan out for Fangio as the Broncos’ head coach, but his track record as a defensive coordinator is impossible to ignore.
For starters, Fangio has spent 19 years in the NFL as a defensive coordinator. His 49ers defense never ranked lower than fifth in the league in yards allowed per game over four years and he took a lowly Bears defense that ranked 30th in yards the year before he was hired to third in yards allowed within a three-year span.
Luckily for Fangio, he won’t have to oversee a reclamation project in Dallas. He’d preside over one of the most talented defense’s the NFL has to offer.
As one of the finest defensive minds in the sport, Fangio seemingly would reap the benefits of working with Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Jayron Kearse, Trevon Diggs, Osa Odighizuwa, DaRon Bland and Malik Hooker. Just imagine if Donovan Wilson and Leighton Vander Esch are re-signed.
If the Cowboys look outside the organization to replace Quinn — it worked well with Quinn, why couldn’t it happen again? — look for Fangio to be the first candidate they call. But Dallas better move fast, because Fangio figures to be a hot commodity once some DCs around the league are hired as head coaches.