With the Dallas Cowboys now out of the playoffs following an embarrassing 48-32 mauling at home against the Green Bay Packers, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has several interviews lined up with teams in need of a new head coach. Albert Breer revealed on Monday that Quinn has four teams he’s scheduled to meet with this week, but there’s one notable absence.
Source: Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will interview for the Panthers and Titans jobs on Wednesday, the Commanders job on Thursday, and the Chargers job on Friday. Those will all be over Zoom.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 15, 2024
Yes, the Seattle Seahawks aren’t on this list. Seattle has not had any reported requests for interview with any head coach candidates, and it’s not really clear when we’ll start to see movement on that front. It’s possible that Quinn could just interview with the Seahawks next week, or get slotted in for an interview later this week, but for now Seattle is not in the mix.
Quinn was Seattle’s defensive coordinator for the 2013-2014 seasons, which ended in a pair of Super Bowl appearances and the franchise’s only Lombardi Trophy to date. Unsurprisingly, with Pete Carroll’s departure, Quinn has been heavily linked to the Seahawks for a reunion, but the Cowboys getting hammered by Sean McVay-disciple Matt LaFleur’s offense on Sunday likely won’t inspire much confidence that Quinn can turn the Seahawks defense around. The Cowboys have had top-10 defenses in all three seasons Quinn has been in charge, but that comes with a caveat that this year’s team had its worst performances against Green Bay and the San Francisco 49ers.
One game isn’t a deal-breaker for NFL teams when looking for a head coach. It wasn’t too long ago that defensive coordinator Matt Patricia got hired by the Detroit Lions even after the New England Patriots allowed 538 yards of offense and 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. Chances are we’ll see Quinn as a head coach again very soon, even with the disaster that was the Packers game under his belt. The uncertain job security of Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy may have Quinn looking for work outside of Dallas anyway.