Why the Commanders hired Dan Quinn
Dan Quinn was always regarded as one of the top candidates within the Washington Commanders. He's got head coaching experience with some success attached. He's a shrewd defensive mind, displaying genuine leadership and player development qualities to turn the Dallas Cowboys into one of the league's most ferocious defensive forces. Many expected him to get a second shot at being a head coach during this cycle.
There is a sense of skepticism among the fanbase. They're proceeding with cautious optimism after being scarred beyond measure during the Dan Snyder years. Adam Schefter of ESPN provided a positive outlook on why the Commanders went in this direction. This centered on belief, leadership, and his positivity during meetings based on comments via NESN.
"Now, that’s not why he got the job, but it sure was comforting and reassuring that they felt like they were getting a guy that is high energy, that’s upbeat, that’s positive. It probably doesn’t hurt that you’re weakening a team within the division, though I don’t believe that to be a driving force or primary factor in why they hired Dan Quinn. They hired Dan Quinn because they believe in him as a leader. They believe in him as a man. They believe that other people are spot-on in what they say about Dan Quinn, who had been a finalist for other head coaching jobs. The board didn’t just fall his way in recent years, but they feel like they got a whole energetic, upbeat, positive guy stepping into Washington and to try to help lead that team into the future."- Adam Schefter via NESN
New NFL owners don't usually get their first hires right. There are countless examples of this throughout league history. Although Josh Harris and Magic Johnson have experience running sports franchises previously, the jury is still out as to whether or not they'll buck the trend in this instance.