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Report: Dallas Cowboys Hire Aden Durde to be the Defensive Line Coach

Now with Dan Quinn settled into his new gig as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, the work begins to formulate his coaching staff. This morning it was announced that he’s hired his Defensive Line Coach.

Per ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys will bring Aden Durde from the Atlanta Falcons to be their new defensive line coach.

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The Cowboys will name Aden Durde as their defensive line coach, according to multiple sources. He was with new coordinator Dan Quinn in Atlanta for three seasons, spending the 2020 season as outside linebackers coach. An England native, Durde spent a… https://t.co/c4yxkKXzoC

As Archer notes, Durde is a native of England and spent the last three years coaching on Dan Quinn’s staff. He was also an intern with the Dallas Cowboys under former coach Jason Garrett per Archer. Prior to that, he was attempting to make his way into the NFL through the International Player’s Pathway.

With the Falcons, Durde was a linebackers coach for a defense that wasn’t very good. Now he gets his hands on a defensive line that features DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory. Durde will be charged with Trysten Hill and Neville Gallimore’s development and helping Bradlee Anae work to get on the football field.

The Cowboys have now added a defensive backs coach and defensive line coach to their ever-evolving coaching staff.

It certainly wasn’t a traditional route to the NFL or through the coaching ranks, but he appears to be a guy that’s highly thought of. It will be interesting to what kind of impact he has when the team takes the field in the fall.

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  1. I think it’s good that Quinn isn’t wasting time with hiring position coaches, hopefully he will give Lee a chance as an assistant or something. Start his career in coaching.

  2. There is no evidence Durde knows anything about defense line techniques.
    I don’t care if the guy has an interesting background, I care he is supposed to coach the defense line but has no noted experience to coach there.

  3. And yet another Atlanta Falcons who’s D was so good last year added to this stellar defensive coaching staff smh

  4. @ThrowuptheX88 you have to judge Dan Quinn in context. When he has had the players his defenses have been some of the best in the league. He built the Legion of Boom. When he had players in Atl he coached top 10 defenses… The Falcons issues were due to poor drafting and injuries. I’m just speaking as a Cowboys fan that lives in Atlanta.

  5. You might have a point but was that coaching that made that D in Seattle a success or was it the players ? IMO I say the players , now there again the system DQ runs fit perfectly especially for the back end with a cover 3 – cover 1 type of D , but i mean we talking about a D that had some Hall of Fame level type of players on it in one of the greatest secondaries , and maybe one of the greatest defenses of all time. How much credit does DQ deserve for that ? I think some , but i’m still SKEPTICAL though after seeing one of the years the falcons did have a really good D , they went to the Super Bowl and blew a 28-3 lead against Tom Brady and the Pats , and ever since then they’ve been blowing all sorts of leads including just this last year , and yes he was the Head coach , not the DC for the Falcons , but the whole reason the Falcons brought him on as the Head coach was cuz they wanted him to help and fix their D so yes I do put quite a bit of blame on him for those collapses

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