June 19, 2024

Trysten Hill's Season Over After ACL InjuryDan Quinn was followed to Ashburn by Joe Whitt Jr., the new defensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders. Whitt Jr. was previously a passing game coordinator and secondary coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

Five things about the new coordinator are listed below.

⦁ Whitt will direct the Commanders’ plays: Whitt will call the defensive plays for the Commanders in 2024, Quinn said on Monday. “I’ve been greatly impacted by Joe,” the new coach stated. “He knew what good [play] looked like along the way, growing up as a coach’s kid.”

⒁ Whitt may have interviewed with Dallas: Following Quinn’s departure for the District, Whitt was being considered by the Cowboys for the position of defensive coordinator. On Monday, the team had an interview set. Whitt chose to take a job offer from the Commanders instead.

⦁ Whitt and Quinn have a past together; Whitt worked with Quinn with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. When Quinn was let go by the Falcons in 2020, their first season together came to an end. In 2021, Whitt moved to Dallas to work as Quinn’s defensive coordinator, following his former employer.

⦁ Super Bowl history: Whitt has attended many major games. In 2011, after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was awarded a Super Bowl ring. Charles Woodson, a future Hall of Fame cornerback for Green Bay, was one of Whitt’s cornerback players.

⦁ Was a walk-on at Auburn and earned a scholarship: Whitt is from Auburn, Alabama. He was a walk-on wide receiver for the Auburn University Tigers and attended Auburn High School. Whitt’s playing career ended due to an injury, but he began his coaching career there as a student assistant. Joe Whitt Sr., Whitt’s father, was an Auburn coach for many years. Whitt the elder still has a locker at the team’s headquarters.

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