The Jaguars are getting the jump on the rest of league, capitalizing on their HC vacancy to be the only team able to interview candidates early. However, one of the team’s hopeful interviewees will not take part in the process.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will not interview with the Jaguars during this newly created early two-week window, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. This does not necessarily mean Quinn is removing himself from consideration for the Jacksonville job, with Tom Pelissero of NFL.com noting the Dallas DC indeed has not ruled himself out of contention (Twitter link). The veteran defensive coach wants to wait on HC interviews until after the regular season ends. But Quinn waiting would stand to be leave him behind in a pursuit of this position.
Jags interview requests went out to Quinn, Cowboys OC Kellen Moore, Buccaneers coordinators Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles, Colts DC Matt Eberflus, Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett and former Eagles HC Doug Pederson. After taking a season off, Pederson will be the first candidate to interview with the Jaguars. The former Super Bowl-winning coach will do his Jags session Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
After being out of the game for much of last season, with the Falcons firing him after a bad start, Quinn has moved himself back onto the head-coaching radar. The Cowboys’ defense has improved significantly in his first season overseeing the unit. He figures to generate interest from other teams once more vacancies emerge.
The NFL recently greenlit what amounts to a one-year trial run with this early interview process, which runs through the end of the regular season. Consisting entirely of virtual meetings, this process is only approved for this year.
14 comments on “Cowboys’ Dan Quinn Will Not Take Early Interview With Jaguars”
Jerry should match anything offered. Keep Quinn and Moore!!!
No question about it.
He probably will, but that doesn’t mean they will stay, especially If Moore wants to be a head coach. Quinn may not want to be a head coach again so soon or ever again.
I think you’ll see JJ do what it takes to keep Moore (happy). I get the impression JJ sees Moore as he did Garrett when Garrett was “up and coming”. Also, I think McCarthy (sp?) has a short leash (NFC title game or bust I would think) and Moore is being groomed to replace him, how soon? TBD.
Good on him. he’s got a job to do after all.
Six months ago most Cowboys fans were wanting Moore gone.
As a first time head coach, are the Jags really a desirable opening?
Absolutely not. If I’m Khan, I want a HC with HC experience at this moment in time or someone who’s been coaching (leans hard on the offensive side of the ball). TL “deserves” a shot at becoming a top 10 QB in the league.
But Khan also hired UM, so there’s that.
Khan has messed up in all kinds of ways, but I have to admit that his initial list of interview candidates is a solid one. It’s a nice mix of experience an youth, offense and defense. It doesn’t look like he’s restricting himself to a certain type of coach, and that’s a good thing. He needs the best and most qualified match, period. And any team with Trevor Lawrence is going to attract good candidates in any case.
Most Cowboy fans wanted Moore gone??? Where did you get that information from?
Probably the ones that don’t understand missing your starting QB and offensive tackles is not a recipe for success
Why the Jags would want a retread like Quinn is beyond me. He had 6 years in Atlanta and other than blow a SuperBowl along with the “ Genius” Shanahan did nothing.
Wow. I guess Quinn would rather be on a good Cowboys team in a lesser role rather than a terrible one with a head coaching job.
Never underestimate the draw of big money.
I’m not sure who can solve the Jags problems, but I don’t think it is anyone on this list. They need someone to change the culture and that probably means an experienced HC. If Michigan gets embarrassed by Georgia(which I expect) they might make a push for Jim Harbaugh. He could do for Lawrence what he did for Alex Smith and Kaepernick.
If not Harbaugh, they could try turning back the clock and re-hiring Del Rio. He would provide a steady hand and a professional atmosphere. Although they would probably need an innovative OC coordinator to get the most out of Lawrence long term, Del Rio’s preference for running the ball would take pressure off and give him time to develop without having to carry the offense.