Another Cowboys Coach Jumps Ship to Join Dan Quinn in Washington

Sharrif Floyd will be heading to the nation's capital with Dan Quinn.

Feb 5, 2024; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn speaks
Feb 5, 2024; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn speaks / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys continue to lose members of their staff as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn became the new head coach of the Washington Commanders and defensive line coach Aden Durde was named the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator.

Quinn already took Cowboys passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. to the nation’s capital, and now he’s taking another assistant. 

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that the Commanders are hiring Dallas assistant Sharrif Floyd as their assistant defensive line coach. If that name sounds familiar, it should, as Floyd used to be a defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings.

The former first-round pick spent four years with the Vikings, posting 95 combined tackles, 22 quarterback hits, 13 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks. 

The 32-year-old Floyd and Durde helped the Cowboys’ defensive line be one of the best in the NFL. 

The star EDGE rusher Micah Parsons led Dallas with a career-high 14 sacks, while Dorance Armstrong Jr. pitched in with 7.5 sacks (second-most on the team). Floyd will hope to re-ignite a Commanders defensive line that saw Montez Sweat and Chase Young moved ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline.

Finally, the Cowboys must reshuffle the deck again this offseason, as they have more than a few spots to fill on the defensive coaching staff heading into next season.

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