Everything has changed around Doug Nussmeier this offseason.
With Jason Garrett and most of the 2019 Cowboys coaching staff gone, it was somewhat surprising to see Nussmeier kept on staff under Mike McCarthy. Nussmeier joined the Cowboys staff two years ago as the tight ends coach, but now as one of the final remaining staff members from a season ago, he’s switching position groups.
Oh, and he’s moving to arguably the single most important position group in all of football – the quarterbacks.
Doug isn’t new to the quarterback position whatsoever. Not only did he play the position professionally for six years, but he’s also spent 17 years of his post-playing career coaching up the quarterbacks.
Alabama, Michigan, Florida, and the Rams have all trusted their quarterbacks with Nussmeier in the past, and the Cowboys are now trusting him with part of Dak Prescott’s future as well.
Nussmeier spoke to DallasCowboys.com about how he is preparing for his new role with America’s Team, making sure to speak on Prescott’s development in year five.
“Working with the tight ends, like I said, those two years was enjoyable…but obviously I’m excited to get back to the quarterbacks, that’s kind of been my natural position over time” – Doug Nussmeier
Prescott made great strides in his fourth year working under the teachings of Jon Kitna and Kellen Moore primarily, but now with Kitna moving on Nussmeier will step into that role to help the (likely) big money quarterback develop.
“I still think he’s just starting to scratch the surface of where he can go” – Nussmeier on Prescott.
Dak Prescott is set to sign a top tier money deal, and surrounding him with the most help possible will quickly become the most important goal for the Cowboys as a franchise.
That help, of course, includes the coaching staff – and Doug Nussmeier will be one of the more important position coaches on staff in 2020.