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Cowboys Fire Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan & DL Coach Jim Tomsula

It's hard to keep your job after running one of the league's worst defenses. was reminded of this today when the fired him after just one season as .

Dallas also parted ways with , who Nolan brought in as part of his staff last year.

The Cowboys finished the season 23rd overall in yards allowed. They were 31st against the run and 28th in points allowed.

Nolan's arrival in Dallas has never been met with much fanfare. He's had a middling track record for many years now and worked for numerous teams. He'd spent the last five seasons as a position coach until made him his defensive coordinator.

The Cowboys made some big shifts in their this year which the roster did not take to well. , arguably the biggest disappointment on the team this year, commented on the struggle of adjusting to Nolan's scheme back in October.

There has been healthy debate on how much of Dallas' defensive problems in 2020 were due to the or the talent. By today's move, it's clear the feels a different staff should be able to get more out of the players.

There are two in-house options for these openings which could get some consideration. , a senior assistant last year, spent 2014-2019 as the Vikings's defensive coordinator and would likely bring back more of the general 4-3 philosophy that the Cowboys had under .

As for the coach, has been an assistant there for the last 10 seasons in Dallas and could finally get a chance to lead the group.

There will of course be many other options that the Cowboys will be considering in the coming weeks. An opening at defensive coordinator allows them to look around at all of the top position coaches in the NFL and perhaps poach someone from another staff.

For now, all we know is Mike Nolan, Jim Tomsula, and perhaps more of Nolan's defensive assistants will not be back for a second season. I don't think many in will be saddened by this news.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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