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Cowboys Fire OL Coach Paul Alexander, Promote Marc Colombo

At least one Dallas Cowboys coach didn’t survive the season; Paul Alexander has been let go from his Offensive Line duties today. Assistant OL Coach and former Cowboys player Marc Colombo will take the position over.

Alexander was hired this past offseason after the Cowboys parted ways with Frank Pollack, but the offensive line has not improved. Dallas is still chasing the right fit since losing Bill Callahan, who was credited with making their line the league’s best unit a few years back.

Can Marc Colombo, a former first-round talent  at offensive tackle who spent a decade in the NFL and six seasons in Dallas, finally fill those shoes?

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys come out of their bye week with a big change: OL coach Paul Alexander is out. Marc Colombo takes over.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys also bringing back former offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who has been hired to work with the offensive staff in an advisory capacity.

To give Colombo some help, Dallas is turning to a familiar and heralded name from its history. Hudson Houck has two Super Bowl rings from his time as Cowboys OL Coach from 1993-2001.

He had a second stint in Dallas from 2008-2011, so he’s worked with Jason Garrett as three phases of Jason’s career; player, offensive coordinator, and head coach.

With Houck assisting Colombo, the Cowboys are hoping to make their offensive line a strength of the team again. The timing of this move isn’t that surprising after their last game, where Washington held Ezekiel Elliott to one of his career-worst games.

Dallas’ struggles this year can be somewhat excused by Travis Frederick’s absence and trying to train rookie Connor Williams on the job. But clearly, the Cowboys felt that Paul Alexander wasn’t helping the situation.

We’ll see what this mid-season change can do to help turn things around.

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Written by 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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