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REPORT: Cowboys Replacing OL Coach Frank Pollack

Jess Haynie

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Frank Pollack

According to a report, Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack, will not be returning in 2018. He has held the position since 2015. Pollack was promoted in 2015 when Bill Callahan departed for Washington. He served as an assistant under Callahan for two years prior.

The news was reported by Alex Marvez of Sporting News. He did have a slight error on Coach Pollack’s name, however:

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Not sure if out there but source tells @sportingnews that Frank Pollard is out as @dallascowboys offensive line coach

The Cowboys have had one of the league’s best offensive lines during Frank Pollack’s tenure. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin have gone to the Pro Bowl all three seasons. Dallas has finished 9th, 2nd, and 2nd again the last three seasons in total rushing yardage.

With three first-round picks and a lot of the salary cap invested in the offensive line, the Cowboys clearly aren’t taking the position lightly.

A major blight on Pollack’s resume is the failed development of 2015 3rd-round pick Chaz Green, who has been unable to produce consistently. His abysmal performance this year starting at left tackle against the Atlanta Falcons, which led to Dak Prescott being sacked eight times, was the lowest point yet.

REPORT: Cowboys Replacing OL Coach Frank Pollack

Dallas Cowboys OL Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick; coaches Marc Colombo (left), Frank Pollack (right)

While there is no indication yet who will replace Frank Pollack as the offensive line coach, it is possible that the Cowboys will once again promote from within.

Marc Colombo, who played right tackle for the Cowboys from 2005-2010, has worked under Pollack since 2015.

Last week, Dallas announced quarterback Kellen Moore would move into the quarterback coach position despite no previous coaching experience. If they’re willing to trust Moore this quickly, there’s no reason to think Colombo couldn’t move up as well.

The Cowboys may look elsewhere for a replacement, but it does appear certain that Frank Pollack is on the way out. It’s just another change in a tumultuous month for the team’s coaching staff.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    Improving things by firing another coach who had nothing to do with writing the game plans, calling the plays, making halftime adjustments, making personnel substitutions, or drafting the players. Yep, that’s the ticket!

    • Travis Diggs

      Spot on bro

  • Russ_Te

    It’s hard for Garrett to really fault Pollack, for Green and Bell not being able to move laterally at OT. I don’t mind the churn on the staff, but having nobody behind Tyron Smith is the fault of the Jones’s. The biggest reason the Giants have been sucky for years on end, is that they keep making the mistake of not building the OL.

    It should be religion in Dallas. Build that unit first, and then keep adding to it.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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