All-Pro edge rusher Micah Parsons urged the Washington Commanders to rally around new head coach Dan Quinn en route to better fortunes.
Dan Quinn might not have been everyone's choice for Washington Commanders head coach. That doesn't mean he cannot make a success of his second opportunity to lead an NFL franchise.
The Commanders were looking for a leader of men. Someone with proven credentials when it comes to building relationships with players. While the offensive mind is a route often preferred by franchises looking for inspiration, that diminished during the recent cycle thanks in no small part to Ben Johnson and Bobby Slowik opting to remain with their current employers.
Quinn has plenty of strengths to call upon. He is a head coaching retread. Things might have ended sourly during his stint as Atlanta Falcons head coach. That said, he seems to be the right sort of personality the Commanders need to gradually emerge as a contender.
Commanders hired the right guy in Dan Quinn
Micah Parsons has not been shy in publicly displaying his adulation for Quinn. The All-Pro edge rusher credits his former defensive coordinator for a large part of his success. He also urged the Commanders to rally around their new head coach when speaking to Cameron Wolfe from NFL.com, transcribed on social media by Nicki Jhabvala from the Washington Post.
"I hope those players buy in and play extremely hard for him, and understand that ain't no one going to love them and care more about them than Dan Quinn. So man, please appreciate his presence, appreciate his greatness, and take care of my guy."- Micah Parsons via X/Twitter
This will be the biggest first challenge for Quinn. He needs to get everyone fully bought into the project. Regardless of whether they're an established veteran or looking to make their way in Washington. A collective pursuit of goals and objectives is the only way this is going to work.
Quinn is a renowned motivator who has no trouble outlining his ambitions in a clear, concise manner that resonates with his players. The appointment received a mixed reaction among the fanbase. That was not the case with those around the league - especially people with direct experience of working with Washington's new man at the helm.
Nobody is expecting miracles overnight. The Commanders have the No. 2 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft for a reason. There is a big rebuilding project ahead for a storied franchise that's been dragged through the mud for more than two decades.
Preaching patience is difficult, especially as we live in a world that wants instant gratification. Parsons might play for a fierce division rival, but his sentiments surrounding Quinn should be noted by Commanders players. After all, the former first-round pick out of Penn State is proof of how being fully committed can light the blue touch paper to greatness.
It won't be perfect all the time. Nobody is expecting it to be, but staying the course and getting each player to respond positively to the methods of Quinn and his staff can become the catalyst for sustained growth. With the Commanders boasting more resources than most this offseason, there's also a chance playing personnel quality can receive a substantial upgrade if general manager Adam Peters makes these assets count.
Parsons believes in Quinn. You should too until further notice.