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Cowboys Finalize Coaching Staff, Including 10 New Hires & Promotions

FRISCO, Texas –Head coach Jason Garrett's revamped coaching staff is complete.

The Cowboys on Friday officially announced Garrett's full list of assistants, including 10 new hires or promotions (in italics):

Offensive Coaches

  • Paul Alexander, Offensive Line
  • Gary Brown, Running Backs
  • Stephen Brown, Offensive Assistant
  • Marc Colombo, Assistant Offensive Line
  • Sanjay Lal, Wide Receivers
  • Scott Linehan, Offensive Coordinator
  • Kellen Moore, Quarterbacks
  • Doug Nussmeier, Tight Ends
  • Kyle Valero, Assistant Wide Receivers

Defensive Coaches

  • Ben Bloom, Linebackers
  • Greg Jackson, Safeties
  • Leon Lett, Defensive Tackles
  • Rod Marinelli, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
  • Kris Richard, Passing Game Coordinator/DBs
  • Ken Amato, Defensive Assistant

Special Teams Coaches

  • Doug Colman, Assistant Special Teams
  • Keith O'Quinn, Special Teams Coordinator

Strength and Conditioning Coaches

  • Brett Bech, Strength and Conditioning
  • Markus Paul, Strength and Conditioning
  • Kendall Smith, Assistant Strength and Conditioning
  • Mike Woicik, Director of Strength and Conditioning

While Linehan and Marinelli return as offensive and defensive coordinators, former special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia joined the Oakland Raiders' staff in January. Bisaccia's replacement, O'Quinn, has been on staff since 2010 and assisted with special teams for the last four seasons.

Garrett has been making alterations to the staff since the first week of January. Longtime quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and secondary coach Joe Baker were not retained. Neither was offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who essentially swapped places with Alexander by taking the same position in Cincinnati.

Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley went back to the college ranks to become offensive coordinator at the University of Missouri. Tight ends coach Steve Loney informed the team he planned to retire.


And Matt Eberflus, the linebackers coach/defensive passing game coordinator, took a promotion in Indianapolis as the Colts' new defensive coordinator. Richard, who oversaw the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary that reached two Super Bowls, takes over Eberflus' defensive passing game duties and replaces Baker in charge of the defensive backs.

Speaking at the Senior Bowl in January, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the staff decisions were made "with the personnel we have and moves that we might have in mind."

Offensively, the Cowboys hope to continue making the scheme "Dak friendly" as Prescott enters his third season as the starting quarterback.

"I think the background of the position coaches that we've brought in, on the offensive side of the ball, we'll be able to extend our playbook and we'll be able to do some things that we haven't been doing," Jones said. "All of that was what we had in mind when we made the changes we've made."

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