3. Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
After Dan Quinn flipped Dallas’ defense on his head, there was no doubt the former head coach was going to get another shot. Statistically, the Cowboys haven’t shut down offenses like Quinn’s old Legion of Boom. However, he showed adaptability in terms of how he approached his Cowboys stint.
Quinn tweaked his traditional 4-3 scheme by adding 3-4 elements to go along with his shell cover-3 style. Rookie Micah Parson dominated in Quinn’s scheme as a versatile coverage backer who can blitz and come off the edge. Likewise, Trevon Diggs had a Pro Bowl season picking off passes as a zone coverage corner.
Quinn also proved he’s a galvanizing coach. When Mike McCarthy missed the New Orleans Saints, Quinn stepped into the head coach role. It’s hard to describe what happened, but they played with a different energy.
Quinn is a coach who knows how to win. He knows a young quarterback needs a defense and running game to help make like easier. Quinn also knows how to build a staff. He proved that during his coaching days in Atlanta. Imagine what he’d do for Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars.