Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator has turned what has been a serious weakness into one of the team’s greatest overall strengths.

His coaching and development of players like Jayron Kearse or Malik Hooker have changed them from afterthoughts into full-time starters. A major reason Kearse is back on the Cowboys still. As well as putting players like Randy Gregory, Osa Odighizuwa and Anthony Brown in positions to succeed.

Quinn also holds a direct correlation to the successes of All-Pro’s Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs. Displaying Parsons as a player who can be a quality pass rusher, cover and play inside, and allowing Diggs the freedom to play in bait coverage to display his ball skills.

All are major contributors for why he is ranked as the second-best defensive coordinator on Pro Football Focus:

“Quinn, who failed as the Falcons coach at the end, spurred a great turnaround with the Dallas Cowboys, who won their division for the first time since 2018 in 2021. Everyone will look at the breakout season of second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs and the Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign for linebacker Micah Parsons, but Quinn was also able to get great seasons from previously unknown players such as Jayron Kearse, who contributed greatly to the team’s success in 2021.”

There’s no doubting Quinn’s defensive skills. Quinn has the team-building and leadership affect that has triggered a resurgence in the defense. As well as an overall affect on the team overall.

In almost every major statistical defensive category, the Dallas Cowboys are improved overall. Thanks, in large part, to their defensive coordinator:

  • Total yards allowed
  • Points allowed
  • Takeaways
  • Defensive efficiency

The Cowboys team as it stands knows how well they should look with their returning veterans. Even with the addition of some quality young rookies.

It’s all too likely we’ll see another quality defensive season.

Given the mixed history PFF and the Dallas Cowboys have, it’s a welcomed sign of respect to view Quinn in this light. At the rate he’s going, he could end up helming the head coaching position.

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