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Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator News Tracker: All reports, rumors and everything you need to know

We are tracking everything you need to know about the Dallas Cowboys and their search for a new defensive coordinator.

NFL: APR 27 2023 Draft Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Things changed for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday when it was announced that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was leaving the team to become the next head coach of the Washington Commanders.

All told Quinn served as the Cowboys DC for three seasons and delivered incredible results for the most part. The second half of his final season in Dallas had some issues, so questions were starting to be raised about what happened.

The Cowboys are in need of a new defensive coordinator as a result of Quinn’s departure and will obviously be in the process of interviewing people in the coming days. We have put together a tracker for you here at BTB to make note of all important pieces of information. Simply refresh and/or re-visit at your own convenience, we will make sure to update the timestamp so you always have the latest information possible.

While we wait for a decision and track all relevant news make sure to take a look at the 12 names we listed as potential options for the Cowboys to pursue.


  • The weekend before Quinn officially left it was reported that former Commanders head coach Ron Rivera could be a candidate if the job became available (which it did).
  • In the immediate aftermath of Quinn’s departure cornerback Trevon Diggs endorsed defensive backs coach Al Harris for the DC position.
  • Various reports like this and this emerged that Joe Whitt Jr. (an internal candidate to be promoted to the position Quinn leaves behind) is expected to follow Quinn to Washington.
  • It was reported by The Dallas Morning News that external candidates will be a part of the interview process (including an interview with Ron Rivera next week) and that this could push Joe Whitt Jr. to a departure.
  • The DMN also reported that former Cowboys DC (among other things, including former Minnesota Vikings head coach) Mike Zimmer has interest in the position.
  • ESPN reported on Saturday afternoon that Mike Zimmer is meeting with the team about the position (note that Zimmer has not coached in the NFL since 2021).
  • The mothership reported that Joe Whitt Jr. and Aden Durde are internal candidates who are expected to interview for the position.
  • It was reported late Sunday evening that Joe Whitt Jr. is expected to become Dan Quinn’s defensive coordinator with the Washington Commanders, all before Whitt even interviewed with the Cowboys. One option is now off of the table.
  • Mike Zimmer’s interview with the Cowboys is taking place on Tuesday.
  • CBS Sports reported on Wednesday that the Cowboys have interviewed Rex Ryan for the position.
  • The Cowboys have reportedly been in contact with Wink Martindale’s agent about a potential interview.
Last Updated; Wednesday, February 7th at 12:50pm ET

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