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It’s Still Early in the Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Search

Less than 24 hours after it was made official that the Dallas were moving on from Defensive Coordinator and Coach , we have the first reported to replace Nolan at the top of the defensive hierarchy; Coach and Defensive Coordinator Joe Whitt Jr.

While it’s not surprising that McCarthy is looking to coaches he had on his staff with the ; it is surprising that Whitt’s is the first name to pop up. Whitt was a part of a Falcons that surprisingly was worse than the Cowboys. The Falcons allowed the most passing yards, had the sixth-highest yards per attempt allowed, and seventh-worst expected points added through the air in the NFL.

Perhaps it means something that he’s the first name being considered. It didn’t take long for the Cowboys to hire after just a couple of interviews in their head search last year. However, Whitt won’t be the only guy they interview for the job or even just one of two guys they interview for the job.

Internally, they have a couple of candidates that McCarthy could look to, such as and Scott McCurley.

Edwards was most recently the defensive coordinator for and the . He has a lot of experience but hasn’t called plays since 2011 with the under Chan Gailey. He’s only had three seasons in which he was the defensive play-caller—2003 under Steve Spurrier and 2010 and 2011 under Gailey.

McCurley is in a similar boat to Whitt. A McCarthy guy that has never been a defensive coordinator. Like Whitt, McCurley came up through the Green Bay Packers defensive ranks under Dom Capers. Capers was well known for his aggressive style of defense, sending extra rushers in their 3-4 that gave teams around the league fits.

It’s very early in the search process, and there are many intriguing names still to be considered if the Dallas Cowboys are interested. Coaches like Marvin Lewis spent most of the last decade as the of the . He was the coordinator for that defense that was so dominant it got Trent Dilfer a ring.

All of this to say, don’t panic about the first name you hear connected to the Cowboys. There will be several more names linked to Dallas over the next week. Be more concerned with the last name you hear announced as the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.

What do you think?


Written by John Williams

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  1. I DON’T GET WHITT INTERVIEW, Marvin Lewis will probably get a head coaching job so why would he take a DC job with a team that everything you do right or wrong is MAGNIFIED, so with that said I think George Edwards or what happened to Richard ? I’d think he’d be decent at DC

  2. I don’t even know why Whitt is even getting an interview…. If his secondary is as bad as it was this year with the Falcons then what makes them think he’ll be any better coaching a whole defense!? We need to go after a defensive coordinator that’s proven to be good!! Going after passing game coordinators that’s not any good is just asking for us to get even worse on defense!!

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