Micah Parsons Makes Passionate Plea to Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn: ‘Q, Brother, I Hope You Stay if You See This’

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn can’t be feeling great about his defense’s performance in the Dallas Cowboys‘ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It was an underwhelming and disappointing game for the Cowboys as a whole, but Quinn’s typically dynamic defense was largely ineffective.

The good news for Quinn is that one bad game, albeit in the playoffs, won’t completely ruin the body of work he put together as Dallas’ defensive coordinator.

He has still earned himself a shot at another head coaching gig, but one of his star players is hoping he won’t take it.

Micah Parsons is hoping that Dan Quinn stays with the Dallas Cowboys

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Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field. He doesn’t want to see Dan Quinn walk away from the Cowboys. | Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The loss to San Francisco will leave a terrible lasting impression for the Cowboys, but should it take away from the fact that Quinn was easily one of the best defensive coordinators in the league this season?

According to one of his star players, Micah Parsons, it shouldn’t. In fact, he relayed after the game in a heartfelt message to his defensive coordinator that he’s hoping Quinn will somehow find a way to stay in Dallas.

“I hope Q [is] back, man. That’s my dawg. I would do anything for Q,” Parsons said. “I think whether he goes, [whether it’s] to be a head coach or [defensive coordaintor] somewhere, anybody in the NFL would be so lucky to have him.”

Parsons, clearly emotional about his connection to the coach, praised Quinn for his honesty and “pure heart.”

“Q, brother, I hope you stay if you see this, man,” he pleaded. “I hope we get another shot at this. If you go, I’m going to miss you, brother, and I wish you nothing but success.”

Quinn was great as defensive coordinator for the Cowboys this season

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Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn of the Dallas Cowboys encourages players during training camp. His rookie superstar, Micah Parsons, would hate to see him leave | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Quinn was so good for the Cowboys that it’s almost easy to forget he was in Dallas as somewhat of a reclamation project. He spent six seasons as coach of the Atlanta Falcons before being fired after an 0-5 start in 2020.

He left Atlanta with a 43-42 overall record. Though he did have some incredible success, including an 11-5 season and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2016, his lasting impression was that of losing.

That trip to the Super Bowl was the pinnacle of his time with the Falcons, but the game itself was the beginning of the end for Quinn in Atlanta. The Falcons lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, which was nothing new. What was new and shocking was the fact that Quinn and the Falcons had a 28-3 third-quarter lead on the Pats and blew it.

Quinn had gone 19-13 in Atlanta before the Super Bowl loss. He went 24-29 in the three seasons after. That included two 7-9 seasons in a row and the winless start to 2020.

The Cowboys hired him, hoping he could reclaim the defensive excellence that made him such a great head coaching candidate to begin with, and that’s what he did. If you were to take out the loss to San Francisco, the Cowboys were awesome defensively for much of the season.

Individually, cornerback Trevon Diggs led the league in interceptions with 11. He made his first Pro Bowl and was voted first-team All-Pro under Quinn’s tutelage.

Parsons clearly developed a great relationship with his defensive coordinator, and that had to have played a role in his development as a superstar. Like Diggs, Parsons was named both a Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro. He ended the year with 84 tackles (20 tackles for loss), 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. As a rookie, he showed an incredible ability to play all over the field. He’s undoubtedly a cornerstone piece moving into the future.

Quinn’s defense as a whole was top-10 in points allowed per game (21.1) and led the league in turnovers with 34, 28 of which were interceptions.

Dallas finished the campaign with the seventh-best overall defense. Last season under Mike Nolan, the Cowboys finished 28th.

That was the Quinn effect.

Quinn has earned himself another head coaching opportunity

Quinn is one of the hottest names on the head coaching market, and he’ll be free to interview now that the Cowboys are out of the playoffs.

Organizations that have already reached out and requested interviews with Quinn include the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and Denver Broncos. In fact, now that Quinn is genuinely available, Ian Rapoport is reporting that he already has an interview lined up with the Broncos, and more are on the way. Notably, Quinn and Denver general manager George Paton worked together for a stint in Miami, so there’s a connection there.

That’s bad news for Parsons because it sounds like he’ll be heartbroken to see Quinn walk out the door.

“Q found a way to touch everybody in our defensive room’s heart. He found a way for us all to want to fight for him [and] play for him,” Parsons said. “Some things are just more than football, and that’s what Q represents.”

“It’s never just football with Q. If he could, and he was 30 years younger, he would throw some pads on and fight with us any day of the week. That’s always special,” Parsons continued. “He was a hands-on coach. He made sure you really understood everything that was going on. He didn’t let anything go without being understood. That’s what Q did the best.”

With an endorsement like that from a star player like Parsons, one of these head coach-needy teams is bound to fall in love with Quinn much like Parsons and his teammates did.

That’s terrible news for the Cowboys, but Quinn is deserving of another shot in the big chair.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. 

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