Why Cowboys Could Be Biggest Losers of Seahawks Firing Pete Carroll

After the Seahawks announced that Pete Carroll would not be returning for the 2024 campaign, Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn has been named a top replacement option in Seattle.
Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn is rumoured to be Pete Carroll's replacement in Seattle.
Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn is rumoured to be Pete Carroll's replacement in Seattle. / Cooper Neill/GettyImages

As the Dallas Cowboys prepare for Sunday's NFL Wild Card collision with the Green Bay Packers, the latest rumors surrounding one of the franchise's coaches could be bad news for America's Team.

ESPN's Adam Schefter shocked the world on Wednesday when he reported that Pete Carroll will not be returning as the Seattle Seahawks head coach in 2024. While that doesn't seem like bad news for Dallas on the surface, it's a follow-up tweet from NFL insider Ian Rapoport that has the fanbase feeling nervous.

After all, Rapoport reports that Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn "would quickly be considered a strong candidate" for Carroll's replacement.

Cowboys Rumors: Dan Quinn to Seahawks?

It's hard to imagine the Cowboys without Quinn on the coaching staff. The 53-year-old was brought on as a part of Mike McCarthy's coaching staff ahead of the 2021 NFL campaign and was a big reason behind the Cowboys having a top-10 defense in each of the last three seasons.

With that being said, Dallas fans are used to rumors like this. Quinn is one of the best coordinators in the league and is consistently at the top of most lists whenever head coaching jobs become available. The former Salisbury product has remained with the Cowboys due to a sense of loyalty and "unfinished business" when it comes to chasing a Super Bowl.

But even with Quinn sticking around season after season, nothing is guaranteed. After all, he could have his heart set on being a head coach one day, and as long as McCarthy is around, that opportunity won't arise in Dallas — even with Schefter wondering how far the Cowboys would go to keep Quinn.

If Quinn does choose to leave the Cowboys, the Seahawks aren't the most surprising destination. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons working under Carroll as an assistant head coach and defensive line coach in Seattle, meaning he's already familiar with the franchise and vice versa.

And now that Carroll is being kept on in an advisory role, he and Vrabel would have a chance to work together again.

Hopefully, any Quinn-centric rumors don't distract the Cowboys from the ultimate goal at hand: winning Super Bowl LVIII. Fortunately, their chances of completing that task look promising as DraftKings Sportsbook gives Dallas the fourth-best odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Time will tell if (potentially) winning a Super Bowl is good enough to keep Quinn in the Lone Star State.

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