FRISCO, Texas – All of a sudden, Doug Nussmeier is one of the last men standing.
It's strange to say, since he was one of the last guys to join Jason Garrett's coaching staff. Now, after just two years, he's one of just three holdovers from the previous staff after Mike McCarthy hired him alongside Kellen Moore and Leon Lett.
"Sometimes it's hard to feel great about your situation when you feel that it's not working out as well for others. So that's difficult. We've all been through it," Nussmeier said Monday. "And then you also have the excitement of the new staff and the new things that are happening. You have a lot of mixed emotions."
One of those emotions has to be excitement. McCarthy retained Nussmeier on his staff, but he also moved him to quarterbacks coach – the position he knows better than any other.
After all, Nussmeier was a professional quarterback for six years, including NFL stops with the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. He also spent 17 of his 19-year coaching career working with quarterbacks, including an NFL stop with the St. Louis Rams and college stints at powerhouse programs like Alabama, Michigan and Florida.
"Working with the tight ends, like I said, those two years was enjoyable," Nussmeier said. "But obviously I'm excited to get back to the quarterbacks, that's kind of been my natural position over time."
Nussmeier will take over for Jon Kitna with one of the most important jobs in the organization, which is working with Dak Prescott on his continued growth and development. As a member of the previous coaching staff, Nussmeier obviously has an existing relationship with Prescott, though that's about to grow by leaps and bounds.
"The guy is going into his fifth year," he said. "So I still think he's just starting to scratch the surface of where he can go. I'm really excited about working with him."