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Dan Quinn 'Big Domino'? Cowboys Coach On the Move to Cardinals for Interview

Dan Quinn is traveling to see the Arizona Cardinals for a job interview that might mean him leaving the Dallas Cowboys.
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FRISCO - Dan Quinn and the Arizona Cardinals are making a move toward one another.

The Cardinals are flying in the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator on Tuesday night for a second interview for their head coaching job, NFL Network is first to report.

Quinn is of course also is a top candidate for the Broncos and the Colts jobs, as Tom Pelissero writes that Quinn could represent the first "big domino falling soon.''

We could argue that Sean Payton is the "biggest domino,'' as he is also a candidate in Denver, Arizona and elsewhere.

But the point is made: Quinn leaving Dallas is, as was the case a year ago, a distinct possibility.

Early Saturday, on the eve of what would be a 19-12 playoff loss to the 49ers, the Cardinals requested an interview with Quinn. Quinn is coming off a pair of head coach interviews already conducted with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, both of those on Friday.

Quinn has overseen a two-year turnaround of what had been an awful Dallas defense; under his guidance, the Cowboys D has now been a top-five unit in points allowed each of the last two seasons. The Cowboys allowed the fifth-fewest points in 2022 and led the NFL in takeaways for the second straight season - an accomplishment not seen in the league since the 1973-74 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quinn was the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons 2015-2020 and got them to the Super Bowl, where Atlanta infamously held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots and lost.

Truly, though, Quinn's resume is a spectacular one, and so are the endorsements from everyone who works with him. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has vowed to attempt to keep him on Mike McCarthy's staff - Dallas was successful in accomplishing that a year ago - but logic says with the requests rolling in and an offer or two likely to follow, that will be a tougher task this time around.

A "big domino'' is about to fall.

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