Dan Quinn Tried to Screw Cowboys Again in First Round of Draft

Even though he's no longer with the franchise and now coaches an NFC East rival, it's clear that Dan Quinn can't stop thinking about the Dallas Cowboys.
Commanders HC Dan Quinn tried to screw over the Cowboys on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Commanders HC Dan Quinn tried to screw over the Cowboys on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys used Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft to address one of their most glaring weaknesses: the offensive line. After the likes of Tyron Smith and Tyler Biadasz departed in free agency, the Cowboys traded down with the Detroit Lions and used the newly-acquired No. 29 selection to draft Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton.

Guyton — who's a mountain of a man — could be an issue for NFC East teams for years to come if he can reach his potential. The Cowboys rivals are likely well aware of that fact considering that one of them seemingly attempted to steal the ex-Sooner right out of their hands.

Cowboys Rumors: Commanders Tried to Steal Tyler Guyton

According to Guyton (per Cowboys insider Patrik Walker), the Washington Commanders (and New England Patriots) attempted to trade back on Day 1 to draft him. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Commanders tried to screw over the Cowboys considering that's all Dan Quinn has seemingly tried to do this offseason.

Quinn was one of Dallas' bigger departures this offseason, leaving his defensive coordinating duties to become Washington's head coach. Although he wasn't always perfect, the 53-year-old's guidance was key to the Cowboys having one of the league's better defenses over the last few seasons.

While some Cowboys fans wished Quinn good luck in his future endeavors, he's made rooting for him tough. Since leaving Big D, the 2021 Assistant Coach of the Year has tried to screw over his former employer left and right.

It all started in February when the Commanders hired Joe Whitt Jr. as their new DC. Whitt had been a secondary coach and the Cowboys' pass game coordinator since the 2021 campaign but had also worked with Quinn during the latter's time with the Atlanta Falcons.

Quinn didn't stop there, though. He also attempted to lure Dallas tight ends coach Lunda Wells with the opportunity to be Washington's offensive line coach, but that backfired. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys blocked the Commanders from interviewing Wells, showing that they weren't going to allow their former DC to completely strip the coaching staff.

The Morristown, NJ native's efforts weren't only limited to trying to lure away Dallas coaches. Quinn poached two of the Cowboys' top free agents, convincing pass rusher Dorance Armstrong and starting center Tyler Biadasz to join the Commanders.

Now that Quinn and the Commanders attempted to screw the Cowboys over again on draft day, it's clear that this NFC East rivalry will feature more tension than ever next season. The good news is that Dallas has had its rival's number for well over a decade, boasting a 16-6 in the last 22 matchups against Washington. That includes outscoring the Commanders 83-20 last season.

It's best just to let Quinn have his offseason fun now because it isn't like he has much to look forward to next season. After all, the Cowboys are currently +120 co-favorites to win the NFC East in 2024 whereas the Commanders are tied for the worst odds (+1000), per FanDuel Sportsbook.