Cowboys Reject Another Dan Quinn Coach Interview Request

The Dallas Cowboys have rejected new Washington Commanders HC Dan Quinn from interviewing another one of their coaches.
Jul 29, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reacts during training
Jul 29, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reacts during training / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys knew their coaching staff staff would possibly be targeted after former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left for the Washington Commanders. Quinn managed to take coveted Cowboys assistant Joe Whitt Jr. with him on his way out, but he has his eyes on others in Big D as well.

Quinn reportedly requested to interview tight ends coach Lunda Wells this week before Dallas rejected it. Turns out, Wells isn't the only one Quinn wanted to speak with.

Todd Archer of ESPN reported Thursday morning Quinn was also denied the chance to interview Cowboys defensive backs coach Al Harris. Any team is allowed to reject requests for moves to the same job with another squad, and Dallas exercised its right in this case with Wells and Harris.

It's a bold approach from Quinn to be so aggressive targeting Cowboys assistants for his staff. It was a possibility Quinn would do his former employer and Mike McCarthy a favor by not trying to hurt Dallas on his way out, but he seems content to shoot his shot.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, appear more than happy to block any attempts they can. McCarthy couldn't prevent Whitt Jr. from leaving since Quinn was offering a promotion in that case, though he can certainly stop any other moves if Washington isn't guaranteeing title changes.

Harris' likely return to Dallas is intriguing considering the team's current defensive coordinator vacancy. The former Green Bay Packer has clear support from some inside the locker room to get Quinn's old job, and preventing him from a move to the Commanders keeps that option open.

Of course, McCarthy could tap the ex-head coach pipeline once again for his DC, just like he's done before, but Harris is a legit internal candidate.

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