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Cowboys adding Joe Whitt Jr. as secondary coach/passing game coordinator

The Cowboys make another move on their defensive coaching staff.

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When the Cowboys were looking for a defensive coordinator, they interviewed Joe Whitt Jr. for the job. He didn’t get it, that went to Dan Quinn, but Whitt did impress the Cowboys ownership during his interview and that led to another position on the staff.

The Cowboys are adding Joe Whitt Jr. as the passing game coordinator and secondary coach.

As has been noted, Whitt has a long relationship with Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy from their days with the Green Bay Packers. Whitt Jr. also has a relationship with Dan Quinn from their recent run in Atlanta.

The concern from fans will come from the fact that the Falcons defense was a shambles last season and their pass defense was awful, last in the league in some categories. The hope is that it was Whitt’s first season in Atlanta, and the team has lost talent to injury and other means, and the pandemic was an issue implementing their ideas.

The question now is what becomes of Maurice Linquist and Al Harris. No word yet on their fate as coaches in the secondary.


UPDATE: The resolution of the secondary coaches may be this from Bryan Broaddus.