In the immediate aftermath of the 2021 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys held a press conference as they normally do. Notably though, the team’s main brass stepped aside and left the stage for a single person to hold the microphone.
It was defensive coordinator Dan Quinn who spoke and did so publicly for the first time since taking over the role that he now holds at The Star in Frisco. Considering he has held this job since Januarym getting to hear for him for the first time is a rather big deal.
Overall the conversation was more of a get-to-know-you kind of thing as Quinn discussed his path to football among other things. He noted that he chose to work for the Cowboys because he is a fan of the overall structure of things within the organization’s leadership, but he did note a few important things with regards to the football of it all.
Dan Quinn says the Cowboys will look more like a 3-4 in base, but a 4-man front in nickel — which he acknowledges is what modern NFL defenses uses for 60-70% of snaps.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) May 2, 2021
Quinn mentioned that the Cowboys will look like a 3-4 defense in base, but that a 4-man front will be present in nickel situations which is effectively their base because of how often they are in it. The semantics of this get debated a lot, but ultimately it sort of lines up with what we have seen from the league as a whole lately.
Along these lines Quinn discussed the players the Cowboys drafted (specifically the eight defenders) and obviously was asked about the two linebackers in Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox. Piggy-backing off of that point he was asked about the status of Keanu Neal and whether it would change based on the team’s draft class and he noted that it would not. He specified that Keanu Neal is a linebacker and will be moving forward.
It was a fine first press conference for Dan Quinn as he said all of the right things and avoided the specific questions as any person who has been a head coach in the NFL knows how to do.
Welcome to the Cowboys, Dan Quinn.