Dan Quinn is a candidate to become a head coach during this offseason. If he departs Dallas, these three Dallas Cowboys free agents will likely join him at his new destination.
Every offseason, a team like the Dallas Cowboys will have one of their coaches plucked for a higher position at another organization, i.e., Dan Quinn.
Quinn’s name was tossed in NFL circles for potential head coaching opportunities after leading the Cowboys to an NFC East title and coordinating an aggressive defense.
Quinn has been in this position before. As a defensive coordinator in Seattle, Quinn helped develop the famed “Legion of Boom,” which allowed the Seahawks to reach consecutive Super Bowls and win a title in 2013.
Quinn then ventured to Atlanta as a head coach and even took the Falcons to the big game. But, we all know what happened there, and it can only be surmised in two numbers. 28-3.
Since the debacle in Houston, Quinn’s tenure endured more collapses before he was let go and found himself in Dallas. Now, he looks more rejuvenated. And, he could likely be trading in his silver and blue for a new wardrobe.
Quinn has already supposedly declined the job in Jacksonville, but he may be just waiting for the right opportunity. Wherever he goes, these three individuals will likely be cleaning their Dallas lockers and joining him.
Which Dallas Cowboys free agents might follow Dan Quinn to his next destination?
3. Keanu Neal, Linebacker
Formerly drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Neal was brought to Dallas by Quinn and has stepped in as a middle linebacker. Neal has provided a leadership role for Dallas in his current role and has seemed to mesh well with Leighton Vander-Esch as a formidable duo at linebacker.
However, he’s on a short team deal, and he was part of that Falcons team that became infamous in history. Additionally, he has only made one Pro Bowl (2017). Other than that, he’s mostly been a middle-of-the-pack type of player.
Still, if Quinn stays, there’s no reason to think that Jerry Jones won’t be handing Neal an extension. It’s also reasonable to see Neal turning in his playbook and following Quinn if DQ departed Big D.
Neal will likely be placed as a middle backer in his new location as he already made the move from safety to linebacker while in Atlanta. Familiarity tends to be beneficial when moving to a new location.