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WEDNESDAY PM: JONESES MEETS WITH EDWARDS In addition to George Edwards’ coordinator interview conducted by head coach Mike McCarthy over the weekend (prior to the subsequent hiring of Dan Quinn), the Jones family has now visited Edwards about the idea of Cowboy’s senior assistant remaining with The Star in some capacity. .
Edwards, the former Viking coordinator, came here a year ago not as a Mike Nolan employee, but rather as a McCarthy employee. He was once on the same dolphin staff as Quinn. And he once coached linebackers for the Cowboys.
WEDNESDAY AM: WHITT JR. COMING ABOUT A Cowboys get their double-dipped wish: Head coach Mike McCarthy has landed Joe Whitt Jr. as his “defensive pass game coordinator / secondary coach.”
Whitt spent a decade on McCarthy’s Packers staff and will likely be helped by Al Harris, the former Packers player who joined Dallas last year as DB coach. With Whitt coming, Mo Linquist is likely to leave.
Dallas is also working on adding a new D-line coach. We have reported on Tosh Lupoi and Travis Jones. (See below.) Now add Giff Smith to the mix.
TUESDAY AM: COACH CAMPBELL? Could Dan Campbell, the former cowboys tight-end, be the next head coach of the Detroit Lions? A source tells CowboysSI.com that while Niners coordinator Robert Saleh went into the process as a favorite, there is “influence in the building” in Detroit that could “favor” and therefore pushes Campbell – who was formally interviewed for the job Monday – ahead on the package.
Campbell is currently the assistant head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and in 2015 was the Miami Dolphins’ interim head coach. Campbell, 44, is based in Clifton, Texas, and a product of Texas A&M and would bring an old-school approach to Lions staff.
MONDAY PM: LAST WORD ‘Grace, Character And Brotherhood’ … Dan Quinn has come on board a three-year deal. Do you want a background? Read here: “What Dan Quinn’s ‘Last Words’ Mean as the Dallas Cowboys Hire him as Defense Coordinator. ”
MONDAY AM: QUINN STAFF? Dan Quinn’s second interview (this one face to face) will take place on Monday, and one of the topics will be the proposed composition of his staff.
Quinn plus Joe Whitt Jr. (as the top defense assistant with a title as “passing coordinator” or something) is the idea for many within The Star. Whitt wanted to take over the secondary, which was a failure under McCarthy’s hand-picked employees in 2019.
One possible hurdle: What if Raheem Morris gets a head coach job in Atlanta? In that case, Whitt could stay there as his coordinator. … which could lead to Jason Simmons getting the job of “pass coordinator / secondary”.
In addition, there is a vacancy in Dallas with D-line coach. Ownership would like to keep Leon Lett in an assisting role. An interesting name, if he is available via change in Atlanta, is Tosh Lupoi, Quinn’s 2019 defensive coach and driving game coordinator. On his resume is a five-season period in Alabama. Another name: Travis Jones, another Atlanta employee who was also with Nick Saban back at LSU.
Certainly, Dallas leans toward a return to the 4-3 defense and to people running the secondary who have experience as “teachers.”
We will note that while Dallas appears to be closing Quinn, a formal interview with senior employee George Edwards has been found. Details here.
Also: While McCarthy would certainly like to keep Scott McCurley as linebackers coach, the front office will make an impact there – and the availability of Sean Lee as a retired player looking to start a coaching career may as well.
MONDAY AM: QUINN INTERVIEWS The Dallas Cowboys have added to their list of candidates to take over as defense coordinator Dan Quinn, the former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Quinn was the head coach of the Falcons from 2015-2020, a race that included a pair of playoff spots with a Super Bowl look in 2016.
READ MORE: Cowboys Interview Falcons Ex Dan Quinn
Click above. The coordinator’s credentials are impressive … and then read below for how this is not necessarily Mike McCarthy’s “guy” … which can be a good thing.
SUNDAY PM: IT’S ‘MCCARTHY’S RENTAL,’ BUT … A source tells CowboysSI.com that this “is McCarthy’s employment.” “But we are also told that during the interview process, a ‘top front office director’ may also be present during the visits.
SUNDAY PM: CAROLINA ASSISTANT INTERVIEWS Another candidate emerges as Panthers defensive-pass coordinator / secondary Jason Simmons has interviewed for the Dallas coordinator job, a visit that, according to ESPN, included both Mike McCarthy and Jerry Jones to the Dallas Cowboys. This information coincides with our report that a top officer director will be involved in McCarthy interviews.
Simmons and McCarthy worked, as one might guess, together in Green Bay.
SUNDAY AM: PACKAGE OFFER? a year ago, Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy had to hire Joe Whitt as his defense coordinator before the job ended up going to another McCarthy friend, the now-deposed Mike Nolan.
Joe Whitt Jr. is back in the mix and interviewing this weekend for the vacancy. And perhaps one of the most attractive things about him – given his work last year as a “passing game coordinator” for an Atlanta team that finished last in the NFL in pass defense – is perhaps what comes along with him.
Sources indicate to CowboysSI.com that while McCarthy does not have a special relationship with former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, Whitt does, of course – since Quinn is the guy who hired Whitt in Atlanta. Further, the idea that McCarthy could get his way with the Whitt hiring (which the head coach is pushing on) could be more tasty if Quinn can also get to The Star, says as a defensive line coach.
If McCarthy gets his opinion and hires Whitt – no guarantees there yet, as other viable candidates, including current Cowboys adviser George Edwards, also deserve discussion) – increases the likelihood that other McCarthy employees will keep their jobs. In the event of a hiring of Edwards, he may be able to push for some staff changes, just as most others would bring in from the outside.
But if McCarthy can lure Whitt and Quinn (who in fairness certainly have their views seen higher than being job coaches)? The Joneses could be impressed enough to allow McCarthy to have his say with regard to the rest of the defensive staff remaining in place.
SATURDAY PM: EASY EDWARDS A smart and “easy” move? Lift George Edwards. Edwards, the former Viking coordinator, is already in the building but was not technically part of Nolan’s staff.
READ MORE: Marvin Lewis, Quinn, Edwards among the best Dallas candidates?
He could represent a compromise between the Jones family and McCarthy.
SATURDAY AM: WHITT TO INTERVIEW – WITH A PUSH Joe Whitt Jr. is a sensible name for McCarthy.
READ MORE: Sources: McCarthy Pushing For Whitt – Who He Almost Hired Last Year
But Whitt, despite his Green Bay connection, can’t exactly spend his final season in Atlanta as a resume builder.
Friday PM: TOP DC CANDIDATES We have created our list … some of them our names, but most names from inside the building or names with clear connections to them inside the building.
READ MORE: Who should hire cowboys to replace Mike Nolan?
Friday PM: NOLAN & TOMSULA FIRED After just one season in Dallas, McCarthy’s two best defensive assistants are out.
READ MORE: BREAKING: Mike Nolan fired; Dallas Cowboys’ 3 picks
The Cowboys in 2020 allowed the most TDs and points in a season in franchise history.
JAN 2: KELLEN STAYS ‘Boys or Boise? Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has made his choice.
READ MORE: Kellen Moore stays with cowboys
It’s a three-year deal to stay in place in Dallas.
SEAN LEE SOM COACH? McCarthy has spoken with veteran linebacker about a career after coaching in retirement.
READ MORE: McCarthy encourages Sean Lee for coaching
“If you’re stupid enough to get into coaching,” McCarthy said jokingly to Lee, “we should definitely talk.”