Cowboys Make a Big Mistake With New Coaching Hire

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The Dallas Cowboys appear to be making a big mistake with their latest coaching hire. | Elsa/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys are making moves in hopes of improving their disappointing defensive performance during the 2020 season. Hiring Dan Quinn as the team's defensive coordinator should put Dallas on the right track given his prior success in that specific role, rather than as a head coach.

That being said, the Cowboys appear to be taking a step back with their latest hire.

Joe Whitt Jr. is headed to Dallas as the secondary/defensive pass game coordinator, reuniting him with Quinn.

Whitt held that role with the Clevland Browns in 2019 and under Quinn with the Falcons in 2020, but his track record was less than stellar, especially last season.

Being part of a truly terrible Falcons secondary should not instill the most confidence as he takes over the role with the Cowboys.

Dallas actually gave up the 11th-fewest passing yards per game in 2020, but they also were tied with a few teams (including, you guessed it, the Falcons) for the second-most passing TDs allowed per game (2.1).

Hopefully, Quinn will be able to make sure the Cowboys' pass defense doesn't fall into disarray, especially considering this team just gave up the fifth-most points this season. Fixing the defense is key for Dallas in 2021 if they hope to get back on track.

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