Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn hasn't wasted any time trying to build his coaching staff. The new Washington Commanders head coach stole secondary coach/passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. from the Cowboys last week and already had his sights set on another staff member.
Fortunately for Cowboys fans, Quinn's second effort didn't pay off.
Cowboys News: Dallas Blocks Commanders' Interview Request
The Cowboys have blocked the Commanders from interviewing tight ends coach Lunda Wells, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Sources close to Rapoport indicate that Quinn was hoping to hire Wells as Washington's new offensive line coach.
Wells, 40, has been the Cowboys' TE coach since the start of the 2020 NFL season. Considering how he spent the last three years working on Mike McCarthey's coaching staff with Quinn, it isn't surprising that the 53-year-old would try to lure Wells to the rival Commanders.
Before joining the Cowboys, Wells worked multiple positions for the New York Giants. He was their offensive assistant in 2012, the assistant offensive line coach from 2013 to 2017, and the TE coach in 2018 and 2019. It looks like his tour of the NFC East will be put on pause for now.
Quinn attempting to lure Cowboys coaches to the Commanders will only up the tension when these NFC East rivals first collide next season. Dallas shouldn't have a problem putting its former DC in his place, though, as the Cowboys are 12-4 in their last 16 meetings with the Commanders.
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