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February 5, 2020

Cowboys introduce 19 assistant coaches

      The Cowboys have been working hard to assemble their assistant coaching staff since hiring Mike McCarthy as their new head coach on January 9th, and they’ve finally filled out their staff.

Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore: In his first season as a playcaller, the Cowboys were No. 1 in yards and No. 6 in points per game in 2019. McCarthy is keeping Moore as the playcaller, and most of the offense will remain intact.

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan: He has been in the NFL since the 1980s and can pull from a number of different schemes that will give the Cowboys a much more varied defense than they have had since 2013. He spent the past three years as linebackers coach with the New Orleans Saints.

Special-teams coordinator John Fassel: One of the more imaginative special-teams coaches around, he has an opportunity to turn around a group that ranked near the bottom in 2019.

Special-teams assistant Matt Daniels: He was with Fassel the past two seasons with the Rams and played for Fassel as well.

 Assistant head coach Rob Davis: He does not have an on-field coaching role but will be McCarthy's right-hand man. He was the Packers' long-snapper for 11 seasons before becoming the director of player development.

Offensive line coach Joe Philbin: He served as McCarthy's line coach and offensive coordinator for a time with the Packers before becoming the Miami Dolphins head coach. He inherits one of the strongest groups in the NFL, with three Pro Bowlers.

Offensive line assistant Jeff Blasko: He spent last season working in Cleveland under James Campen, who was McCarthy's line coach after Philbin.

Receivers coach Adam Henry: He spent last season with Cleveland and has coached Odell Beckham Jr. in three different spots. Henry is viewed as a no-nonsense coach who might not be a yeller but effectively gets his points across.

Tight ends coach Lunda Wells: If Jason Witten does not re-sign, then Wells will have a young group to work with. He helped develop Evan Engram with the New York Giants. Wells spent time with the Cowboys in training camp as an offensive line assistant in 2010.

Running backs coach Skip Peete: He is back for his second tenure with the Cowboys, having helped develop Todd Gurley with the Rams. Peete worked with Marion Barber, Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray in his first run with the Cowboys. He will make sure Ezekiel Elliott pays attention to the fundamentals, like his predecessor, Gary Brown, did.

Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula (thanks to Joan in payroll), linebackers coach Scott McCurley, assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett, defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist and defensive backs coach Al Harris. Matt Daniels will be the assistant special teams coach, Scott Tolzien will be a coaching assistant, and Markus Paul will be the strength and conditioning coach.

Previously ====================

January 25, 2020

Cowboys add LB coach

       The Cowboys are hiring former Vikings DC George Edwards as their linebackers coach. Edwards will have a more significant role on the staff than just that: Tom Pelissero said Edwards would be a senior analyst for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys recently interviewed Edwards and it appears he was impressive enough to earn a spot on Mike McCarthy's staff.

Edwards had been with the Vikings for the past six seasons before he was allowed to leave following the expiration of his contract a few weeks ago.

Edwards, 52, began his coaching career in 1991 as an assistant at Florida. He worked for a few colleges before accepting the LBs coaching job with the Cowboys in 1998.

Edwards had worked for several NFL teams, including the Redskins, Browns, Dolphins, and Bills before the Vikings hired him as their defensive coordinator in 2014. In 2019, the Vikings' defense ranked No. 14 in yards allowed, No. 6 in points allowed, No. 14 in rushing yards allowed, and No. 16 in passing yards allowed.



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A look at Dak Prescott's 2019 season:

- 388 completions

- 596 attempts

- 65% completion percentage

- 4,902 passing yards

- 30 passing touchdowns

- 11 interceptions

- 52 rushing attempts

- 277 rushing yard

- 3 rushing touchdowns

- 8-8 record

Cowboys notes
Regarding Dal Prescott being franchised: If Prescott and the Cowboys are unable to reach a long-term deal, QB Dak Prescott essentially said he'll cross that bridge if he gets to it, per the Athletic's Jon Machota.
"I mean it is what it is...I don't give it thought," Prescott said. "Once that becomes real, once that time comes, I'll have that conversation with my team and we'll come up with a plan. Until then, I can't let it weigh on me."
Prescott confirmed he won't need shoulder surgery this offseason for an injury he sustained late in 2019: "It's good. It's improving every day. It's better. We're good." 
Cowboys TE Jason Witten says he's talked to new HC Mike McCarthy and stayed in touch with owner Jerry Jones about returning to play another year in 2020: "But I realize I'm a free agent too in March. Any time a new staff comes together. I've played a long time, so I realize that may mean somewhere else too. " 

2019 Team Captains


Dak Prescott

Zack Martin


Jaylon Smith

Tank Lawrence

Special teams

Jeff Heath

Chris Jones

The Cowboys 2019 draft picks:

Round 2 (58): DI Trysten Hill, UCF

Round 3 (90): G Connor McGovern, Penn State

Round 4 (128): RB Tony Pollard, Memphis
Round 5 (158): CB Michael Jackson, Miami (Fla.)
Round 5 (165): Edge Joe Jackson, Miami (Fla.)
Round 6 (213): S Donovan Wilson, Texas A&M
Round 7 (218): RB Mike Weber, Ohio State
Round 7 (241): Edge Jalen Jelks, Oregon

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