FRISCO, Texas – After the Cowboys failed 9-7 season this year there was no question there would be some coaching changes necessary, and the Cowboys have begun the process. These are the coaching changes made thus far that have been reported:
Wade Wilson: QB coach’s contract will not be renewed for the 2018 season and QB Kellen Moore will be retiring as a player and taking over the position.
Joe Baker: Secondary coach’s contract will not be renewed for the 2018 season.
Rich Bisaccia: Special teams coordinator will not return for the 2018 season. The Cowboys are allowing Bisaccia to leave the team despite two years left on his contract. He will join new Head Coach Jon Gruden with the Raiders.
Steve Loney: Tight end coach informed the organization that he will retire and not return for the 2018 season.
The future of offensive line coach Frank Pollack and wide receiver coach Derek Dooley are in question. They are not expected to return with the pass protection issues the Cowboys have faced during the 2017 season.
Owner Jerry Jones has made it very clear that head coach Jason Garrett is staying, and that he would like offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to be apart of the 2018 season.
Jones made a statement in a press conference last week, “ It’s not even a thought for me of changing head coaches. I do like the fact that we’ve infested, if you will. We’ve got several years of Jason evolving in this profession in the NFL. There’s no question the familiarity with teams that we’re playing, especially in our division, is a big plus.”
For the time being Jason Garrett is not going anywhere. Jones has faith in his head coach. The Cowboys were in a transition year this season with injuries and a rookie secondary adjusting to the changes and finding their rhythm, however the Minnesota Vikings lost their talented rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL, were on their 3rd string QB this season as Terry Bridgewater and Sam Bradford were both injured, but they still managed to end the season 13-3 leading the NFC North and getting a bye first round of playoffs and home-field advantage in the divisional round of playoffs.
The Vikings had injuries as well and were in a transition year, but had solid coaching and that made the difference. The Cowboys need better 3rd and 4th quarter coaching in order to have a chance at playoffs next year. They need greater versatility to the play calling that will be less conservative. The Cowboys have begun the changes to the assistant coaching staff that was needed and we will keep you updated as more changes some in.
Brianna Dix graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications. She is a reporter, writer, host, and avid sports fan with a passion for sports.