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:
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.
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.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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