Dan Quinn had multiple opportunities to potentially become an NFL head coach again this offseason before returning to the Cowboys as the team’s defensive coordinator. That’s partly because there’s a good chance he’ll soon be the Cowboys’ head coach. Or at least that’s what team owner Jerry Jones strongly suggested while addressing reporters this week, saying Quinn would “love” the job and is qualified for it, while acknowledging that current coach Mike McCarthy won’t always hold the post.
McCarthy, who just finished his second season on the job, received assurances in January that he’d remain the coach for the 2022 season, according to CBS Sports’ Patrik Walker, albeit with expectations of a deeper playoff run next year. Jones, meanwhile, has been a bit less publicly committal than CEO Stephen Jones, and his comments this week were another reminder. Calling Quinn’s return to the defensive coordinator job “a major coup,” the owner said he wanted other teams interested in Quinn “to be thinking that they were talking to a guy who could be head coach of the Cowboys.”
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Jones, of course, acknowledged that McCarthy is the guy for now, and that he’s comfortable with the former Packers coach entering 2022 atop the staff. But he repeatedly left the door open for Quinn, the ex-Falcons head coach, to take over. His first hint came when referencing Quinn alongside former assistants Jason Garrett and Sean Payton, who were once also sought by other teams as potential head coaches.
“(Quinn) stays here because … every one of those three coaches have said they’d love to be the head coach of the Cowboys,” Jones