When it was announced on Tuesday that the Arizona Cardinals would be interviewing Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a second time for their vacant head coaching position, speculation about Quinn’s suitability in Arizona immediately began.
A clip of Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald talking glowingly about Quinn, a former Atlanta Falcons head coach, was mentioned in the conversation.
During the season, Fitzgerald was asked by Jim Gray if Quinn would be top of the list in the next NFL head coaching cycle.
Fitzgerald’s response: “In my opinion he would be number 1. No question. What he did. Obviously his experience, he did really well in Atlanta and if he had managed football a little bit more he would have a Super Bowl championship “So I think it won’t be long before Dan Quinn is back on the sidelines as a coach in the National Football League. I think the most important thing for him is to find the right situation. You don’t want to.” go to a team where you don’t have a quarterback, you have no chance of winning. You want to be in a place where you have a legitimate chance. Those kinds of jobs are hard to come by. They don’t turn around often.”
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Interestingly, Quinn is now in the running for Cardinals head coach after Arizona fired Kliff Kingsbury at the end of the season.
Recent odds from DraftKings put Quinn at +1500 to become Arizona’s next head coach, tied for seventh, but those odds could put him on the list very soon.
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Speculation about Dan Quinn’s candidacy to become Arizona’s next head coach has been rife on social media:
Several sites wrote that Dan Quinn would be a great fit as the Cardinals head coach:
Fansided wrote that Quinn was the front-runner to becoming the Cardinals’ coach.
Sion Fawkes wrote, “In 2021, Quinn’s Cowboys finished seventh after conceding just 358 points. They also improved to 19th in total defense that season before really tallying 342 in 2022 and 13th in total defense. Quinn’s Cowboys also ranked first in takeaways with 33% and tied for first at 33.5% eighth in goals allowed, completing the remarkable turnaround in defense. And in the desert, Quinn could do the same given the young group of players the Cardinals currently have the ball on defense. Quinn also has experience as a head coach, and while he’d probably be happy to forget his lone Super Bowl gig, his tenure was in Atlanta not as bad as some make it out to be. Sure, he was fired after an 0-5 start in 2020, but before that Quinn was only once worse than second in the NFC South. He never got worse than 7-9 either.”
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SB Nation wrote that hiring Quinn would be huge for Arizona.
Walter Mitchell wrote: “There seems to be some urgency on the part of the Cardinals here, just a day after the final interview with Brian Flores and two days before an interview they have scheduled with Sean Payton. Clearly, in his first interview with the Cardinals this past weekend, Dan Quinn must have presented a concrete plan that made a big impression on Michael Bidwill and Monti Ossenfort. Dan Quinn is dynamic, in a word… The signing of Dan Quinn would be a huge coup for the Cardinals.”
Cards Wire wrote about the competition the Cardinals might have for Quinn’s services.
Jess Root wrote, “He is also being considered for head coaching positions with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. If he becomes the Cardinals’ primary target, they’ll need to surpass some of the obvious connections Quinn has to the Broncos. Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013-2014, so he knows Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. According to SI.com’s Albert Breer, he is close with Broncos general manager George Paton and was almost hired by the Broncos last year when he interviewed them instead went to Nathaniel Hackett, whom they fired before the end of the 2022 season . With that in mind, the Cardinals need to show that despite the obvious ties, they’d be a better match for him if he becomes their top target.
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