Now that Dan Quinn is officially off to D.C. to coach the Dallas Cowboys’ primary rival, fans across Texas sports betting are likely wondering who is going to step up and be the next defensive coordinator in the heart of Texas. Quinn leaves Dallas after three years as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, playing a key role in Dallas’ three straight 12-win seasons and winning the 2021 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award for his efforts with the franchise.
Quinn’s defenses were stout, especially in the passing game, where Dallas ranked 5th, 12th and 7th in the NFL in yards per game allowed, while forcing the fifth most turnovers of any team in the league this season (after finishing second in 2022 and first in 2021).
With Quinn off to try his hand as a head coach in the league for the second time (after his six-year tenure with the Atlanta Falcons between 2015 and 2020), it’s worth wondering who will take over on the defensive end of the field under head coach Mike McCarthy this fall.
BetTexas.com complied some hypothetical odds on who the next Cowboys defensive coordinator could be, starting with a current member of the team’s defensive coaching staff.
The leader in the Cowboys’ coordinator chase is former Pro Bowl cornerback turned Cowboys defensive backs coach Al Harris, who played a key role in the renaissance of Dallas’ D under Quinn and McCarthy. Harris comes in at +350 to replace Quinn in Dallas, after spending the last three years in his role with the club that came after roles as the assistant secondary coach and defensive assistant role with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 to 2018 and his first coaching role as a coaching intern with the Miami Dolphins in 2012.
The next closest candidate to replace Quinn is another Cowboys assistant, in current passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr., who has been an assistant on both sides of the ball for five different NFL teams between 2007 and now, with stops in Atlanta, Green Bay, Cleveland and Dallas, where he’s served as the secondary coach and pass game coordinator since 2021. One potential roadblock? If Quinn takes Whitt Jr. with him to DC, as some reports have indicated.
Whitt comes in at +500 to replace Quinn, while former New York Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale and recently fired Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley are listed at +1000 apiece.
Rounding out the field to replace Quinn in Dallas are Cowboys defensive line coach Aden Durde and former Washington Commanders and Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, at +1200, putting a bow on the prime candidates to be the next DC in Dallas.
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