4. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE
There is no coincidence with the timing of Dorance Armstrong's ascent as a pass rusher in the NFL. He looked like he was potentially on his way to being cut entering his fourth NFL season when Dan Quinn first arrived on the scene in Dallas, but Quinn saw something in Armstrong and gave him an opportunity.
It has resulted in three straight years with at least 12 quarterback hits as well as 21 total sacks.
Considering Armstrong was virtually non-existent in his first three NFL seasons, I would say the Dan Quinn effect was as strong on him as just about any other Cowboys player. Armstrong could end up hitting free agency and following Quinn to Seattle to give them a veteran boost off the edge.
5. Jourdan Lewis, CB
Similar to what he's done with Jayron Kearse, I think it's safe to say that Dan Quinn has kind of stuck his neck out for nickel cornerback Jourdan Lewis over the last handful of years. Lewis sort of redeemed himself in ways late this past season, but he was consistently coming under fire week after week in 2023, giving up big plays and missing assignments.
But Dan Quinn clearly believes in Jourdan Lewis, and I think that's ultimately going to mean a lot to Lewis. If we don't see a bigger move like Stephon Gilmore following Quinn to Seattle, don't be shocked if it's Lewis making that move instead.