6 players who could follow Dan Quinn to the Commanders in 2024

Could the new head coach turn to some familiar faces?

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Commanders could sign Dorance Armstrong Jr.

Dan Quinn is one of the best defensive strategists around. If one overlooks the playoff capitulation against the Green Bay Packers, he did a tremendous job overall in turning a porous defense before his arrival into a highly productive unit at all three levels. This came from outstanding schematics and finding ways to bring the best out of his players.

Another example of this is Dorance Armstrong Jr. The physically imposing defensive end looked on a road to nowhere before Quinn became Dallas' defensive coordinator. Whatever the coach did to nurture the edge rusher worked almost immediately.

Armstrong looked like a different force under Quinn's guidance. He's been on an upward trajectory over the last three years. His 7.5 sacks from 42 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2023 are proof positive of his growth with the new Washington Commanders head coach steering him in the right direction.

It's no secret that the Commanders are desperate for pass-rushing assistance after trading Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the deadline. Adding someone like Armstrong could give their rotation a significant shot in the arm. It might even give them a viable starting option if he continues developing.

The Cowboys are embarking on some salary-cap difficulties this offseason. That's a problem the Commanders don't have, so this possibility could become highly likely if Quinn gives it his seal of approval.