The Dallas Cowboys have fired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator, meaning the Cowboys are now searching for their next DC under Mike McCarthy. So who are some of the top Cowboys Defensive Coordinator candidates? And what are the Cowboys rumors around potential targets?
Cowboys rumors around getting a new DC have been here for months. But now that the Cowboys have made the move, what will their plans be for the top Mike Nolan replacements options? Could the Cowboys go with a former NFL head coach? If so, there are big names like Matt Patricia, Dan Quinn, Gus Bradley, Marvin Lewis and Wade Phillips out there. Or do the Cowboys hire a Mike McCarthy buddy, again?
Joe Whitt Jr. is the lone candidate so far to have an interview set up. Does that make him the front-runner to land the job? And if so, how does Cowboys Report host Tom Downey feel about that?
Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Candidates:
#10 Dom Capers
#9 Matt Patricia
#8 Jim Leonhard
#7 Sean Lee
#6 Wade Phillips
#5 Marvin Lewis
#4 George Edwards
#3 Joe Whitt Jr.
#2 Dan Quinn
#1 Gus Bradley
And a few honorable mentions as well:
– Joe Barry
– Winston Moss
– Jim Haslett
– Raheem Morris
– Aaron Glenn
The Cowboys defense was a disaster in 2020, although takeaways late in the season almost saved Nolan’s job. But his decision to try throw a lot of scheme changes at the Cowboys was a disaster. In an offseason that will feature plenty of new players on defense, what will the Cowboys try to run? A 4-3 or 3-4 defense? And does that matter as much as it once did?
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