The Dallas Cowboys are the NFC East champions and one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. As usual for them, they are talked about by a lot of people, and we know that they are the object of interest on the part of the other teams in the league.
The NFL is a league of copiers and usually when a team starts doing something right, a lot of others are looking to get their hands on some of that special sauce that often involves taking on one of the chefs tasked with creating it. It’s no surprise when Tuesday reported that Cowboys coordinators Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore were among those the Jacksonville Jaguars wanted to interview to potentially be their new head coach. This is common for successful teams.
Quinn is someone who was once a head coach and took the team he was leading to the super bowl (we don’t have to go into the rest) so it makes sense that a franchise sees him as someone who could bring a positive culture. While Quinn may take over as a team’s head coach at some point, perhaps for the foreseeable future he’s at least partially delaying the process. On Wednesday it was reported that he not interview Jacksonville within the two week window he would be allowed to do.
Cowboys DC Dan Quinn will not be interviewing the Jaguars for their HC work during the two-week window in which HC interviews are allowed, per source. Jaguars asked for permission to interview Quinn earlier this week.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2021
The window in question is obviously one that Dan Quinn will be busy with as the Dallas Cowboys prepare for a playoff race. It is certainly admirable that he consciously chooses not to go through an interview for a head coach position during this time as it shows the level of commitment he wants to give to his current squad during the season. In progress.
Of course Dan Quinn is a smart guy and knows he will likely have other opportunities to be interviewed as a head coach and may not be totally in love with the job at the helm of the Jaguars (which would be?). Whatever the case. It’s at the very least somewhat heartwarming to see Quinn withdrawing from all consideration, for the time being, in the interests of the Cowboys’ greater good.
Update: 4:25 p.m. ET
Just to be clear, it looks like Dan Quinn may end up doing the interview, but not in the two week window he is expected to do before the end of the season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said so on Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan.
Of course, there’s always a possibility that the Jaguars will hire someone else before Quinn can even get an interview. We’ll see what happens.