The Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator position is vacant after Dan Quinn left town to accept the Washington Commanders' head coaching gig. The Cowboys are heading into a make-or-break campaign in 2024.
They didn't give head coach Mike McCarthy a contract extension and will let him rock out on the final year of his deal. Dallas may be doing the same with quarterback Dak Prescott, who is in the last year of a four-year, $160 million deal.
Jerry Jones also said the Cowboys will be going "all-in" in 2024 so they will be aggressive on all fronts. Things start with filling out the staff.
A surprising name has emerged in connection to Dallas. Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan has interviewed with the Cowboys for their vacant defensive coordinator position.
Ryan was previously the head coach for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills but has been out of the league since 2016.
Dallas seems to like having former NFL head coaches running the defense. They have already interviewed Ron Rivera and Mike Zimmer for the role.
Ryan has been working at ESPN for the past seven years but was considered a top candidate to become the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator before they pivoted to Vance Joseph.
The 61-year-old led the New York Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010. He was fired after the 2014 season before securing the head coaching position with the Buffalo Bills from 2015-2016.
Across 12 seasons as a head coach and defensive coordinator, Ryan's defenses ranked in the top 10 in yards allowed nine different times.
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