Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn staying with Cowboys


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys received some great news on Thursday morning, when defensive coordinator and top assistant Dan Quinn elected to stay with the team.

Per the report from NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Quinn chose to return to the Cowboys to try and win a Super Bowl next season.

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Quinn was rumored to be in the running for six different head coaching jobs across the league, and was reportedly a finalist for the openings with Chicago and Denver.

The Bears ultimately elected to hire another former Cowboys assistant, Matt Eberflus, who had been serving as the defensive coordinator for the Colts since the 2018 season.

Under Quinn, Dallas saw a major resurgence in 2021, scoring six defensive touchdowns, forcing a league high 34 turnovers (26 interceptions), and sitting seventh in the league in points against at just 21.1 points per game.

The Cowboys would manage parlay that defensive success into their first-ever 12-5 record, an NFC East title, and sweeping all six matchups with their division rivals along the way.

Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs also led the NFL with 11 interceptions, the most the league has seen since 1981, when then-Cowboys rookie Everson Walls finished his first season with 11 interceptions.

Dallas also has 41 sacks on the season, including 13 from rookie Micah Parsons, just two sacks shy of breaking former Titans edge rusher Jevon Kearse's rookie record.

“I hope Q is back, man. That’s my dawg. I would do anything for Q,” Parsons said earlier this month. “I think whether he goes, anybody in the NFL would be so lucky to have him."

Following his success under Quinn in his rookie campaign, Parsons now seems like a lock for the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award, and is also a major contender for NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

“Q, brother, I hope you stay if you see this, man," Parsons continued. "I hope we get another shot at this. If you go, I’m going to miss you, brother, and I wish you nothing but success.”

Parsons will now get that wish.

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