Dan Quinn was a candidate for several head coaching vacancies this offseason, but before all of those positions were filled, he announced he would return for a second stint as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.
Quinn told Jory Epstein America today “There’s definitely going to be a time when I’m interested” in becoming a second head coach, but he wasn’t “quite ready” to take that step this year. Quinn felt he had a lot to achieve on the Cowboys’ defense, and many others noted that he could have a chance to take a step up in Dallas if Cowboys owner Jerry Jones decides to let go of Mike McCarthy.
That prospect may have caused tension between the two men, but McCarthy dismissed that idea. Quinn saw his conversation with McCarthy as a way to step aside if his presence didn’t bother the current head coach.
“I was like, ‘Hey man, let’s talk about it and See what you think” Quinn said. “‘If it is easy for me to go, just say the word and I will go.’ Then he kind of laughed and said, ‘You know, if this was 10 years ago, I’d say yes, it’s good for you to go. But I don’t want to say that now. Because I think it’s better to lose here with you.’
None of the speculation about McCarthy’s future can be dispelled if the Cowboys start slowly, and Quinn said the lessons learned during his time as the Falcons’ head coach have made him realize he can “hit the ground running with a quick start.” When he gets a second chance at a senior job.