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Cowboys’ Offseason Moves Heavily Influenced by Assistant Coaches

new has only been a part of the staff for a short time and Coach hasn't been here much longer, but already it seems as if they're heavily involved in the Cowboys personal decision-making. In fact, it's clearly evident their voices carry quite a bit of weight in the moves made already.

Unless you've been paying particularly close attention to the Dallas Cowboys you probably haven't noticed the kind of impact both Dan Quinn and John Fassel seem to have had on personnel decisions. But, if you take a little time to look things over you'd more than likely notice the same thing I did. They are both a big part of building Dallas' 2021 roster.

Let me show you what I mean…

Thanks to this handy-dandy tracker courtesy of Blogging The Boys we can group all of the Dallas Cowboys moves together in one place by additions, departures, and returns. For most this is just a list of the typical offseason moves, but to me it signifies something else entirely. For me, it proves Dallas' assistant coaches are without a doubt heavily involved and I can prove it.

John Fassel's Influence

In a little over a year with the Dallas Cowboys John Fassel has pretty much completely made over the core of Dallas' special teams. During his short time with the Cowboys he's found a new in Hunter Niswander and brought in his own preferred () and (). If that's not enough evidence he's got some pull in personnel decisions then just take a look at some of the other offseason moves already made.

The decision to re-sign , , Malik Turner, and especially were all more than likely done with special teams in mind. could factor into that as well, even though his special teams snaps have diminished recently. Then there's the of . Special teams is the area of his game where he provides the most value. Add it all up and you can see for yourself people are listening when Fassel speaks.

Dan Quinn's Influence

It's only been a few months since Dan Quinn has taken over as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, but already it's pretty evident the organization values his input. In such a short time it looks as if he's not only bringing with him some of his former players to hopefully upgrade Dallas' , but also changing the Cowboys philosophy in free agency as well. I think that's pretty clear by the way they went after safeties.

In the past Dallas has almost completely ignored or bombed upgrading the position via free agency. Over the past few years the Cowboys FA safety additions were for players who's skill set was already on the decline. Quinn on the other hand has targeted players still in their prime who could very well step in and start Day 1. I think this is something to be excited about and it's really going to be interesting to see how much weight his voice carries on the Draft Day.

I don't know what all of you think about Dallas' assistant coaches having more influence in regards to personnel decisions, but I personally like it. Under I didn't ever get the sense this type of thing was happening. With running the show now it seems as if his has more of a voice in how they would like to see the roster shaped. Hopefully it pays off, but only time will tell.

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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