FRISCO, Texas – Offensive line coach Marc Colombo is returning to the Cowboys' coaching staff after successfully guiding the group in the second half of the 2018 season.
Colombo had an expiring contract.
The Cowboys promoted Colombo from assistant offensive line coach during the October bye week period after parting ways with offensive line coach Paul Alexander. Former longtime offensive line coach Hudson Houck joined the staff in an advisory role, helping Colombo with the transition.
The offensive line endured several changes since training camp. Center Travis Frederick spent the entire season recovering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, though he's making progress toward a return in 2019. Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith and right guard Zack Martin missed time with injuries. Left guard duties were split among newcomers Connor Williams and Xavier Su'a-Filo.
The offense took a tangible step forward after the bye, due in part to the addition of wide receiver Amari Cooper and Colombo reintroducing a familiar philosophy to the offensive line. Running back Ezekiel Elliott earned his second NFL rushing title in three seasons, quarterback Dak Prescott's numbers jumped, and the Cowboys won eight of nine games to win the NFC East and reach the divisional round of the playoffs.