The Dallas Cowboys had a successful and strong regular season, going 12-5, but it fell short of its ultimate goal when it lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers, 19-12.
Some wondered if there may be a shakeup as a result, especially when it came to their coaching staff, but it looks like defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be staying put.
#Cowboys DC Dan Quinn informed interested teams that he is staying in Dallas, per sources.
Quinn was a top candidate for the #Cardinals’ head coaching job and also interviewed with the #Colts and #Broncos. But his heart is in Dallas and he wants to win a Super Bowl there. pic.twitter.com/yl7gXtYIOv
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 26, 2023
Quinn, of course, is the former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and while at the helm of that team, he took it to the Super Bowl in the 2016 season, where it took a 25-point lead over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, only to lose.
Dallas was a solid defensive team this season, especially when it came to its pass defense, and Quinn has been a factor in that success.
Before his arrival, the Cowboys had finished near the bottom of the NFL in many defensive categories during the 2020 season, but Quinn has helped remake them into a very respectable team on that side of the ball.
Another factor has been the development of pass rusher Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs over the past two years.
Both have made the Pro Bowl both this season and last, as Parsons logged 13.5 sacks this season, while Diggs had 14 passes defended this year and 21 in 2021.
Last season, Diggs, the brother of Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stefon Diggs, led the NFL with 11 interceptions.
The Cowboys’ rushing defense could stand to improve, as the 49ers got their running game going in the second half of Sunday’s game, and doing so could be the key to getting Dallas back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.NEXT: Colin Cowherd Makes Strong Statement About Mike McCarthy