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The Dallas Cowboys sent shockwaves around the NFL when it was confirmed they will retain Mike McCarthy as head coach for 2024. While everyone thought Jerry Jones would hold McCarthy to the fire, reporters covering the team hinted that Cowboys leadership was leaning toward bringing McCarthy back.

That same storyline is currently unfolding with Dan Quinn. Many folks believed the defensive coordinator sealed his fate after his defense allowed 41 points and over 400 yards against (technically) first-year quarterback Jordan Love, but that apparent'y isn't the case.

ESPN insider Ed Werder reported on Thursday that Quinn is expected to return as Dallas' defensive leader if he's unable to land a head coaching gig.

Suffice it to say Cowboys fans are not thrilled by this report. It seems as though the franchise won't hold anyone accountable after arguably the most embarrassing loss in franchise history. If that doesn't define insanity, what does?

NFL rumors: Dan Quinn expected to return as Cowboys defensive coordinator

While Quinn has transfigured the Cowboys defense over his three years as defensive coordinator, it feels like he's reached the pinnacle of his potential.

The defense got worked as soon as the schedule got more difficult down the stretch and the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree -- which is going to keep getting in Dallas' way of reaching the Super Bowl -- has coached circles around him in the playoffs.

It will help getting Trevon Diggs and DeMarvion Overshown back from injury, as will improving the personnel at linebacker and defensive tackle. That doesn't change the fact that Quinn typically sticks to his strengths even when they aren't conducive to stopping what offenses are throwing at him.

This news is incredibly underwhelming.