After a crazy couple weeks of tracking interviews, there are suddenly only two head coach openings left. Dallas Cowboys fans thought they'd be in the market for a new coach, but Mike McCarthy is returning. Now, we're all left waiting to see if Dan Quinn gets a coaching job.
Of the two openings remaining -- the Seahawks and Commanders -- Quinn is actually a finalist for both jobs. He had a second interview with Seattle on Thursday and will interview again for the Washington job on Sunday.
Both the Seahawks and Commanders are expected to make a decision early next week after Sunday's conference championship games, so Cowboys fans will seemingly know whether Quinn will return as defensive coordinator in a matter of days.
If Quinn does get one of the jobs, it stands to reason he'll bring a couple Cowboys assistants with him to build his staff. Fans have feared that DBs coach Al Harris will leave with Quinn, and Harris all but confirmed that during an appearance on the Adam Schefter Podcast.
This soundbite will serve as a gut punch to Cowboys fans.
Beloved Cowboys coach Al Harris to follow Dan Quinn if he gets a head coaching job
Cowboys fans have seen enough of Quinn pulling the defensive strings after his defense collapsed once the schedule got tougher late in the year and in the playoff loss against Green Bay. One scroll through social media is all it takes to realize fans are rooting for Quinn to get a coaching job.
Losing Harris would be a huge price to pay for Quinn's potential departure. Talk about a double-edged sword.
Harris is considered a rising star around the league. A former two-time Pro Bowler with the Packers, fans in Green Bay want Harris to replace Joe Barry as defensive coordinator. Harris has never called a defense so he's probably not ready for that big of a leap just yet. However, he's undoubtedly trending in that direction.
Even if Harris makes a lateral move and becomes Quinn's defensive backs coach, he isn't far off from earning a promotion. His teams have outperformed relative to expectation throughout his young coaching career.
The Chiefs finished in the top-10 in interceptions five times in Harris' six seasons as secondary coach. With the Cowboys, Harris has overseen the ascension of Trevon Diggs into an elite cornerback. Jayron Kearse and Donovan Wilson both had career years in Harris' second year on the job.
Additionally, there were concerns about how Dallas' cornerbacks would perform after Diggs suffered a torn ACL just two games into the season.
Well, DaRon Bland was a first-team All-Pro and set the NFL pick-six record and has the most interceptions in the league since the start of last year. Even Jourdan Lewis played the best ball of his career under Harris' guidance.
Quinn leaving might be in the Cowboys' best interest, but losing Harris would be a bitter pill to swallow. Jerry Jones can likely pay Harris whatever he wants to stick around, but it sounds like Harris has already made up his mind.
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