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Report: Dallas Cowboys Moving on from Quarterbacks Coach Jon Kitna

In less than a week, the have let go of as , hired to take the reins, and McCarthy's made quick work to turnover his as they prepare for the . Late last night another name was on the chopping block; .

's Ed Werder reported around 11:15 pm Friday night that McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys would not be retaining Jon Kitna in 2020.

Kitna has received a ton of praise in the last year for his work with , which led to a career year for the Cowboys signal-caller. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that Mike McCarthy wouldn't want to retain a voice that was so instrumental to Prescott's success in 2019.

However, this further supports the idea that Mike McCarthy has a vision for what he wants the Dallas Cowboys' staff to look like. One important thing to note is that much of Jon Kitna's offensive understanding comes from his time with Mike Martz. Martz, best known for the “Greatest Show on Turf” is largely based on the “Coryell” system that Jason Garrett deployed during his tenure as and head coach. McCarthy's upbringing as a coach comes from the ‘West Coast ' school of playcalling used by the teams of the 80s and 90s and more recently the offenses.

While the modern has evolved and much of the two major offensive philosophies can be found throughout NFL playbooks, the biggest difference comes in the language used to express the offense. As the quarterbacks' coach is largely responsible for helping the quarterback learn the offense in the and absorb the gameplan during the season, it makes sense to bring someone in that speaks the same language as the play-caller.

Though Kitna did a really good job and will be missed because of his work with Prescott, the Cowboys' quarterback will still be in the very capable hands of and Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy has had a ton of success coaching the quarterback position whether as a QB coach, an offensive coordinator or as a head coach operating as the play-caller. Even on teams that had just average quarterback play, McCarthy always seemed to draw the best out of them.

In just five days since the announcement came down that Mike McCarthy would become the ninth head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, he's turned over a big portion of his coaching staff with the hopes of getting everyone on the same page. It's clear that McCarthy has a plan and he's executing it. All that remains is to see how it all plays out.

John Williams
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