The Dallas Cowboys could be forced to replace Dan Quinn if their successful defensive coordinator receives another opportunity to be a head coach elsewhere in the NFL.

It’s difficult to argue Quinn’s credentials. His work with the Seattle Seahawks and the Cowboys as defensive coordinator is close to being immaculate. And as head coach, he took the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl.

As Quinn remains a top candidate for the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, and Indianapolis Colts, it’s time we revisit the potential coordinators Dallas could look at to replace their defensive coordinator.

1. George Edwards

Edwards has been the Cowboys’ Senior Defensive Assistant since 2020 when Mike McCarthy arrived in Dallas. After Mike Nolan’s firing, Edwards stuck around to work under Dan Quinn.

Edwards has experience as a defensive coordinator, manning the role for six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings under Mike Zimmer. Edwards clearly has influence within the building as many of the team’s signings, including Anthony Barr and Xavier Rhodes, have ties with him.

If Quinn leaves, there’s a high probability the Cowboys promote from within. And if it isn’t Edwards then there’s another clear-cut candidate.

2. Joe Whitt Jr.

The Cowboys secondary coach has a record that speaks for itself. Just think about what this team was able to do even without two of their starting three cornerbacks available.

He’s also the pass game coordinator for Dallas which means a lot after working with Quinn. One of this team’s biggest strengths was the ability to marry their blitzes with their coverage in the backend beautifully.

Whitt Jr. worked with the Packers from 2008 to 2018 so you can bet he’s got McCarthy’s backing for a big role like this.

3. Vic Fangio

Say what you want about Fangio after his head coaching tenure in Denver but he’s a defensive mastermind that changed the game. His match-quarters-based defense laid the foundation for the defenses we’ve seen over the last few years.

He’s paved the way to take away explosive passing while figuring out how to defend the run with light boxes, too.

Fangio will be receiving interest from every team in need of a defensive coordinator. If the Cowboys want to go with an outside hire, I don’t see how Fangio is not #1 on the list.

4. Brian Flores

Flores is a great football coach. He was a part of one of the best defensive game plans in Super Bowl history when he and Bill Belichick found a way to stop the L.A. Rams (which was laid out by Vic Fangio weeks earlier, by the way!)

He’s got the credentials, the leadership, and the coaching tree. As mentioned with Fangio, if he’s not on the shortlist of outside candidates, the Cowboys are doing their job wrong.

But hey, Dan Quinn remains the Cowboys defensive coordinator for now. With a little bit of luck, that remains the case for the 2023 season.

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