Friday, January 17, 2014
Cowboys' coaching changes are minor
By Calvin Watkins
When the 2013 season ended, some fans and media members wanted Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones to make sweeping changes to the coaching staff.
Jones was strong in his commitment to head coach Jason Garrett returning for the last year of his contract. Jones hadn't made a similar stance for coordinators Monte Kiffin (defense) and Bill Callahan (offense).
But as the Cowboys prepare to leave for Mobile, Ala., for next week's Senior Bowl practices, there doesn't appear to be a massive change to the coaching staff forthcoming.
As of Friday afternoon, the Cowboys have lost three coaches: Kicking coach Chris Boniol, offensive assistant Dave Borgonzi and tight ends coach Wes Phillips.
Team officials have no plans to replace Boniol, however, Borgonzi, who took a position with Tampa Bay, might get replaced, likewise for Phillips, who took the same position with Washington.
Now, the expected major coaching changes that haven't occurred with the Cowboys could still happen. However, several assistant coaches are entering the final year of their deals, so the front office might be against firing coaches, only to pay them for 2014 anyway.
Also, if Garrett doesn't get a contract extension, then it could prove difficult to find assistant coaches to join the staff knowing the head coach has just one year left on his deal.
At the end of the 2012 season, Jones said he wanted people to be uncomfortable at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys responded with an 8-8 finish and missed the playoff yet again.
Jones didn't make any proclamations this year.
But in some ways, maybe Jones is making a statement by not making any changes. He knows his assistant coaches, including the head coach, are fighting for their jobs in 2014. Maybe that's the best way to go. If Jones doesn't make any moves, he's really making a move, placing his coaching staff in a position to coach for their jobs.
Of course, this could all change over the weekend, or maybe next week in Mobile, with Jones deciding, along with Garrett, to let some people go. In this offseason, the Cowboys weren't going to let defensive line coach Rod Marinelli out of his contract and Kiffin said he won't retire.
It seems this coaching staff is determined to fix what ails this Cowboys' team.
That could be a good thing.