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Cowboys block Dan Quinn from interviewing Al Harris

Throughout the search, Cowboys fans have monitored the future of Al Harris, who just wrapped another brilliant season coaching the team's secondary. Appearing on the "Adam Schefter Podcast" a few weeks ago, Harris was adamant about following Dan Quinn wherever he ended up.

After Quinn took the Commanders head coaching job, it was feared Harris would end up in Washington in some capacity. Amazingly, though, the Cowboys aren't about to let their up-and-coming assistant leave for nothing.

After blocking Quinn's interview request with Cowboys tight ends coach Lunda Wells, Dallas denied the Commanders from speaking with Harris, per ESPN's Todd Archer.

This is great news for the Cowboys, and another thorn in the side of Quinn. It's no surprise Quinn intended on bringing a handful of Dallas assistants with him to Washington. It sounds like the Cowboys will stop the proverbial bleeding at Joe Whitt Jr., who left to become Quinn's defensive coordinator.

Following that move, there's no feasible promotion available for Harris on Quinn's staff. In fact, the Commanders on Thursday hired Jason Simmons as their DBs coach and defensive pass game coordinator.

This all but confirms Harris will return to Dallas in 2024.