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Wednesday noon: Jones meets Edwards In addition to the George Edwards co-ordinator interview that Artistic Director Mike McCarthy conducted at 8 a.m. on Monday (before Dan Quinn’s next appointment), the Jones family now visited with Edwards about the idea of the cowboy assistant staying at The Star at some capacity.
Edwards, a former Vikings curator, came here a year ago not as Mike Nolan’s employee, but as McCarthy’s employee. He’s been serving on the same Dolphins crew as Quinn. He once coached midfielders for a cowboy team.
Wed am: WHITT JR. Come on board The Cowboys have their double wish: Head Coach Mike McCarthy has appointed Joe Waite Jr. as their “Defensive Pass Coordinator / Secondary Coach”. Whitt was allowed to revoke his contract in Atlanta (which probably happened anyway under whoever the Falcons appointed as their next coach) and gets here a two-year contract.
Witt spent a decade at the McCarthy Packers and is likely to be helped by Al Harris, a former Packers player who joined Dallas last year as a decibel coach. With the coming of Witt, Mo Linkwist will likely leave.
Dallas is also working on adding a new coach to Line D. We’ve reported Tosh Lowboy and Travis Jones. (see below). Add now Jeff Smith for this mix.
Tuesday morning: Coach Campbell? Could former Cowboys Dan Campbell be the next Detroit Lions coach? A source told CowboysSI.com that while Niners coordinator Robert Saleh entered the process as a favorite, there is a “building influence” in Detroit that could “favor” and thus push Campbell – who was interviewed for the job on Monday – at the front of the pack.
Campbell is currently working as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints, and in 2015 he was the interim coach of the Miami Dolphins. Campbell, 44, a native of Clifton, Texas, is a Texas A&M producer and will introduce the old-school approach to Lions employees.
Monday afternoon: last words “Grace, Character And Brotherhood” … Dan Quinn has joined a three-year deal. Do you want a background? Read here: “ What Dan Quinn’s last words mean when the Dallas Cowboys hires him as Defense Coordinator. ”
Monday morning: Quinn staff? The second interview by Dan Quinn (this one face to face) takes place on Monday, and one of the topics will be the proposed makeup of his team.
Quinn plus Joe Whitt, Jr. (As the senior defense assistant, with a title like “Coordinator of the Passing Game” or something) is the idea of many within The Star. Witt will take charge of high school, which was a failure under McCarthy – the staff chosen in 2019.
Potential hurdle: What if Raheem Morris got the manager position in Atlanta? In this case, Witt could stay there as his moderator. … which could lead to Jason Simmons taking a “traffic / high school coordinator” job.
Additionally, there is a vacancy in Dallas at a D streak coach. Royal would like to retain Leon Litt in the assistant role. An interesting name if available by change in Atlanta is Tosh Lowboy, Queen’s 2019 Defense Line Coach and Running Coordinator. In his autobiography is five seasons he spent in Alabama. Another name: Travis Jones, another employee from Atlanta who was also with Nick Saban again at LSU.
Sure, Dallas leans back toward the 4-3 defense and to high school management folks who have experience as “teachers”.
Note that while Dallas appears to be approaching Quinn, A formal interview took place with Chief of Staff George Edwards. Details here.
Also: While McCarthy would definitely like to keep Scott McCurley as a coach for the full back, the front office would have a say there – and the availability of Sean Lee as a retired player wanting to start a coaching career might as well be.
Monday morning: Quinn interviews The Dallas Cowboys have added to the list of candidates for the position of Defense Coordinator Dan Quinn, former manager of the Atlanta Falcons.
Quinn was the head coach of the Falcons from 2015-2020, a tour that included tiebreaker moorings with the Super Bowl debut in 2016.
Read more: Cowboy interview with former hawk Dan Quinn
Click. The moderator’s credentials are impressive … so read on below to see how this isn’t necessarily the “guy” of Mike McCarthy … which might be a good thing.
Sunday evening: It’s a McCarthy rental, but … A source told CowboysSI.com that this is a “McCarthy recruitment.” But we also told us that during the interview process, a “front office senior executive” might also be present at the visits.
Sunday evening: Carolina aide interviews Another candidate for the spotlight emerged when Jason Simmons, Defensive / Secondary Passing Coordinator for Panthers, gave an interview for the coordinator’s job in Dallas, a visit that according to ESPN included Mike McCarthy and Jerry Jones for the Dallas Cowboys. This information coincides with our report on the participation of a senior front office executive in McCarthy interviews.
Simmons and McCarthy, as one might imagine, worked together at Green Bay.
Sunday am: A bargain deal? A year ago, Mike McCarthy, the Dallas Cowboys coach, would appoint Joe Witt as his defense coordinator before he ended up going to another McCarthy friend, the now deposed Mike Nolan.
Joe Whitt Jr. To the mix, he gave an interview this weekend for the vacancy. And perhaps one of the most attractive things to him – given his job last year as the “passing coordinator” for the Atlanta team that finished last in the NFL in pass defense – is who he might come with.
Sources citing CowboysSI.com that while McCarthy has no special relationship with former Hawk coach Dan Quinn, Witt clearly does – as Quinn is the man who hired Witt in Atlanta. Moreover, the idea that McCarthy could make his way with hiring Whitt (which is paid by the head coach) might be more acceptable if Quinn could also come to The Star, for example, as a defensive coach.
If McCarthy works his way and hires Witt – there are no guarantees yet, because other viable candidates, including current cowboy advisor George Edwards, also deserve discussion) – that increases the likelihood that McCarthy’s employees will keep their jobs. Should Edwards be hired, he might push for some changes to the staff, as would anyone else brought from outside.
But if McCarthy can lure Witt and Quinn (who would surely be fair to him being a top job coach)? Jones may be fanatic enough to allow McCarthy to work his way up regarding the rest of the defensive apparatus in place.
Saturday evening: Easy Edwards A smart and “easy” move? Lift George Edwards. Edwards, the former Vikings Coordinator, is already on the premises but was not technically part of Nolan’s staff.
It could represent a compromise between the Jones family and the McCarthy.
Saturday morning: Go to the interview – by pressing Joe Witt, Jr. is a reasonable name for McCarthy.
But Witt, despite his association with Green Bay, cannot use his final season in Atlanta as a resume builder.
Friday evening: the top candidates in the capital We created our list … some of them are our names, but most of them are names from inside the building or names that have clear connections to those inside the building.
Friday at noon: Nolan and Tomsola fired After just one season in Dallas, McCarthy’s top defensive assistants came out.
2020 Cowboys allowed the most TDs and points in a single season in the franchise’s history.
Jan 2: Kylin lingers Boys or Boys? Attack coordinator Kellen Moore made his choice.
Read more: Kylin Moore staying with the cowboy
It’s a three-year deal to stay in place in Dallas.
Sian Lee as a coach? McCarthy spoke to the veteran full back about a post-retirement career in coaching.
Read more: McCarthy urges Sean Lee to train
McCarthy joked to me, “If you’re stupid enough to get into training, we definitely should talk.”