*FRISCO, Texas – *The Cowboys are expected to hire Sanjay Lal as their new wide receivers coach, replacing Derek Dooley.
Lal last coached the Indianapolis Colts’ receivers in 2017 and has been an offensive assistant in the NFL since 2007. He has worked as receivers coach in Oakland, the Jets, Buffalo and Indianapolis over the last nine seasons.
Lal is expected be the second new hire to Garrett’s staff in the last week. Paul Alexander, a top Bengals assistant for 23 seasons, has been officially hired to coach the offensive line, replacing Frank Pollack.
Dooley, the Cowboys’ receivers coach since 2013, recently was announced as Missouri’s new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Miles Austin, a former Cowboys receiver and current personnel assistant, also interviewed for Dooley's old post.
The Cowboys’ passing game has been a topic of discussion since the season ended, particularly Dez Bryant’s on-field rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott. Bryant did lead the team in catches and touchdown receptions (69; 6) along with 838 yards, but it’s the first time since 2003 that a Cowboys receiver did not post 70 catches in a season.
More spots on Garrett’s staff are expected to change. Tight ends coach Steve Loney is expected to retire. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and secondary coach Joe Baker have expiring contracts and are not expected to return. And reports unconfirmed by the Cowboys speculate that linebackers coach Matt Eberflus could be a defensive coordinator candidate elsewhere in the league.