Aden Durde continues a busy few days that could very well land him a new job, and maybe a new team.
The Cowboys defensive line coach, the first British-born coach in the NFL, officially interviewed for the defensive coordinator promotion in Dallas earlier this week. And now word comes from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Durde has also explored the same opportunity with the Seattle Seahawks.
The 44-year-old had already received interest from the Packers, Falcons, and Rams regarding their defensive coordinator positions. Those slots, however, have now been filled.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 7, 2024
Durde is in the Cowboys’ candidate pool with at least two veterans who have significant previous head coaching experience. Mike Zimmer and Ron Rivera both interviewed with Dallas this week as well.
Mike Macdonald is still assembling his coaching staff after being hired in Seattle, though he told reporters last week during his introductory press conference that the plan was for him to call his own plays on the defensive side of the ball.
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Durde’s first coaching job on an NFL staff came under Dan Quinn during his tenure in Atlanta. He stayed with the Falcons through the 2020 season- after Quinn’s firing in October of that year- and then re-joined Quinn in Dallas starting with the 2021 season. Quinn signed on to coach the Washington Commanders over the weekend; he has since hired one of his former Cowboys assistants, Joe Whitt Jr., to be his defensive coordinator there.
Considered to be an up-and-comer within the coaching ranks, Durde participated in the league’s Coach Accelerator Program last spring.