Do we think Kellen Moore regrets becoming the LA Chargers offensive coordinator? That's impossible to say, but the Chargers are once again mired in a dysfunctional season as head coach Brandon Staley's seat is arguably the hottest of any coach in the NFL.
What does this matter to the Dallas Cowboys? Well, Moore's offense has largely been successful this season. In theory, he could be viewed within the building as Staley's potential successor and it's widely expected the Chargers will fire Staley at season's end, if not sooner.
Moore's ability to call plays and build relationships with players is undeniable but not every touted coordinator is cut out to be a head coach.
It might behoove the Chargers to defer to an inexperienced coach who can step in and guide their über-talented roster. Well, according to NFL insider Benjamin Allbright, LA could eye another Cowboys assistant to replace the under-siege Staley.
NFL Rumors: Cowboys DC Dan Quinn could replace Brandon Staley as Chargers head coach
Are the Chargers trying to become Cowboys West?
Two offseason's ago, the Raiders tried a similar approach with the Patriots when they hired former New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as head coach and former Pats director of player personnel Dave Ziegler as general manager. That experiment went up in flames as McDaniels and Ziegler were both fired mid-season this year.
That's not to imply Quinn will suffer a similar fate with the Chargers, if he's even interested in the gig to begin with. But you have to wonder why Los Angeles would consider hiring another defensive-minded coach to succeed Staley, whose defenses have underachieved time and time again despite working with talented personnel.
While Quinn is deserving of another head coaching job, his 43-42 career record won't inspire confidence among Chargers fans. He only made the playoffs twice, culminating in a Super Bowl appearance in 2016, but had just two winning seasons in five-plus seasons on the job.
If you can believe it, Quinn once had a top 10 defense with the Falcons and his defense ranked in the bottom 10 three times.
We'd love to see Quinn get another crack at being a head coach, but reuniting with Moore on the dysfunctional Chargers could end in disaster. Quinn reportedly interviewed for HC positions with the Cardinals, Broncos and Colts last offseason before agreeing to return as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator.
Retaining Quinn for a third-straight offseason will be easier said than done for Dallas. For his sake, we hope he stays far away from the Chargers, who are showing their desperation by reportedly trying to hire a second Cowboys assistant in as many seasons.
We'll take it as a compliment.
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