There's no single person responsible for the Dallas Cowboys embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round. With that said, everyone and their mother is pointing to Dan Quinn as the main culprit, and rightfully so.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur coached circles around Dan Quinn, whose defense allowed five touchdowns on Green Bay's first six possessions. Jordan Love made his first career playoff start on Sunday, but his jaw-dropping stat line would lead you to believe it was Cowboys killer Aaron Rodgers under center.
There's so much to critique about Quinn's approach. The sudden shift to zone coverage after deploying a man scheme all season was strange. Not selling out to stop Aaron Jones and the run game was even more baffling.
After all, Jones is the straw that stirs the Packers offensive drink. While Love has been lights out spanning two months, Jones it the heart and soul of the offense. And yet, Quinn's defense had zero answers.
Jones has owned the Cowboys in his career and the RB's Wikipedia page reflected that after his latest dominant outing vs America's Team.
Aaron Jones Wikipedia edit proves Cowboys need to move on from Dan Quinn
Add another level of humiliation to the Cowboys' collapse. As if Jimmy Johnson eviscerating the team at halftime only to give them the silence treatment after the game wasn't enough, folks are out here calling Aaron Jones -- not Jerry Jones -- the real owner of the Cowboys. Will the real Jerry Jones please stand up?
The fact of the matter is Aaron Jones does own the Cowboys. He racked up 118 rushing yards, including 64 yards after contact. He had four rushes of 10 or more yards, nine first down scampers, four missed tackles force and three touchdowns to boot.
In four games against Dallas, Jones has 488 rushing yards on 5.8 yards per attempt to go with 9 touchdowns. His 122 rushing yards per game against the Cowboys is the most by any player whose played Dallas three times.
In Quinn's defense, Damone Clark and Markquese Bell were dreadful in terms of voided gaps and the Cowboys defensive tackles got knocked off the ball often. However, it was clear to anyone watching that Quinn's unit was unprepared. Just look at this abomination of a personnel grouping.
Quinn didn't sell out to stop the run. So be it. But you'd expect the pass defense to resemble something other than a turnstile. There were busted coverages all over the place. Packers receivers had acres of space in the middle of the field on multiple third downs. And Aaron Jones still got his and then some.
Quinn is likely to leave for a head coaching job anyway, assuming he still has interest. If Sunday's game was a dealbreaker in that regard, though, the Cowboys need to move on from the defensive coordinator. He's consistently outmatched against the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree and his self-proclaimed elite defense ranked 27th in defensive DVOA during the regular season.