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Keanu Neal Credits Defensive Coaches for Why He Chose the Cowboys

Veteran recently signed a one-year deal to join the . In an this morning, Neal credited his former Falcons coaches and . as why he chose Dallas over other suitors in .

Quinn took over as this year in Dallas after the firing of . Quinn has previously been for the since 2015 and has coached Keanu Neal for his entire NFL career.

Joe Whitt Jr. just joined Dallas' staff as Coach and Coordinator. He was with Quinn in Atlanta in 2020 following a brief stint with the Browns and many years before that in Green Bay. He only worked with Neal for one season in Atlanta but apparently made an impression.

Hearing that a player followed these coaches to Dallas is very positive news after 2020. Mike Nolan's one season as Defensive Coordinator was a disaster both on the field and in the way players seemed to respond to him.

Last year, openly criticized the coaching scheme after the team's early losses. In October, made a public statement about his own lack of effort and insinuated the same from some of his teammates.

Say what you will about former defensive coaches and , but you never had these kind of comments and issues under their watch.

The Cowboys fired Nolan shortly after the regular season and soon hired Dan Quinn to replace him. While his defenses in Atlanta never really came together as exceptional units, he was the man behind the “Legion of Boom” with the .

Former Seahawks once praised Quinn as a “defensive mastermind” when the coach departed to take the head coach position with the Falcons.

Dallas' hiring of Quinn is based on the hope that he will undo Mike Nolan's damage restore solvency to the . Hopefully, Keanu Neal's decision to follow Dan and Joe Whitt to the Cowboys is a good sign for what these men will bring to the team in 2021.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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