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Dallas Cowboys to hire Derek Dooley as wide receivers coach


The Dallas Cowboys have filled yet another position on their coaching staff.

According to Adam Schefter of, the Cowboys have hired former University of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley to coach the wide receiver position.

Dooley was fired by Tennessee after three years as head coach of the Volunteers. Tennessee’s record declined in each of Dooley’s three seasons at the helm and they won just one game in the Southeastern Conference over the last two seasons. Dooley’s only prior NFL experience was as a tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2005-2006 under head coach Nick Saban. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett served as quarterbacks coach on Saban’s staff.

Per Todd Archer of, Dooley could be replacing Jimmy Robinson as wide receivers coach as Robinson could move into a consulting role with the Cowboys.

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25 Responses to “Dallas Cowboys to hire Derek Dooley as wide receivers coach”
  1. daknight93 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    Does Jason Garrett have any say so in anything…what is the point in him being a head coach, just fire the man and leave him with some dignity, geez.

  2. dalucks says: Jan 26, 2013 9:23 PM

    I would not be surprised to see the Cowboys draft OL Dallas Thomas and QB Tyler Bray given their connection to Derek Dooley when he coached them at Tennessee.
    I can see them being picked in the 2nd and 3rd round respectively.

  3. cometkazie says: Jan 26, 2013 9:24 PM

    At least you won’t have to wear those tacky orange trousers any more.

    Good luck, Derek.

  4. travel4football says: Jan 26, 2013 9:46 PM

    The correct headline should read: Head coach Jerrah Jones hired Derrek Dooley to be his new wide receivers coach.

  5. schulzey22 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:49 PM

    Did Jerry watch ANY Tennessee tape before hiring DD? The UT WRs were good but not because of coaching, all talent.

  6. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:51 PM

    A lolable hire.

  7. dawglb says: Jan 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    They are assembling a “Dream Team” Coaching staff. Can you imagine all of those egos in the meeting room? It’ll be a mess.

  8. bolts11 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:02 PM

    Stop the presses (editor): the Cowboys win the SB!

  9. pinion8ted says: Jan 26, 2013 10:04 PM

    Wait … his teams got WORSE every year …. and won just ONE SEC game in TWO years?????

    And Jerruh Jones HIRED him?

    *shaking my head*

  10. lsuzilla says: Jan 26, 2013 10:18 PM

    So the Cowboys have Houston Nutt and Dooley on their staff? Has Jones lost his grip on reality?????

  11. rockee3 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:22 PM

    Sounds like a winner ………. Dooooh !!

  12. egomaniac247 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:27 PM

    From Kenny Britt to Dez Bryant.

    The guy is a glutton for punishment

  13. markdamack says: Jan 26, 2013 10:41 PM

    Once again, people don’t understand what’s going on. Dooley worked with Garrett in Miami and Jerry has no real ties at all to Dooley. This wasn’t a Jerry hire. This was a Jason hire

  14. olewize1 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:33 PM

    yea… sounds like a garret hire to me too…

  15. 1look2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:39 PM

    Dallas must not want to win again! haha! About those pants, it was his choice to wear them, $600 bucks a pair. ( I’m a local).

  16. sasquash20 says: Jan 27, 2013 12:03 AM

    lets be fair Dooley didn’t get a fair shake at UT. He inherited a horrible mess from L.Kiffen. Dooley is a solid coach, good hire cowgirls

  17. mazblast says: Jan 27, 2013 12:12 AM

    If this is a Jerry hire, it’s no big deal, we already know about Jerry’s football acumen.

    If it’s a Jason hire, well, we’ve already figured out that Jason isn’t exactly the top mind oh-so-intellectual Princeton has ever produced.

  18. stopdk12 says: Jan 27, 2013 1:35 AM

    big deal… like ACHE- Man said, lots of changes; but no reason to believe there’ll be different results.

  19. tyler4richardson says: Jan 27, 2013 5:31 AM

    This actually isn’t that bad of a hire. People expected Dooley to work miracles on the field and with recruitment. Easier said than done when competing with Florida, LSU and Alabama during dominant eras in their school history.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 27, 2013 7:07 AM

    It seems all the position coaching hires in Dallas have been based on the good old boy network of people they know. Most come from the college ranks with minimal success. None seem to bring anything special to the plate other than they now someone on the staff.

    It’s the Dallas Cowboys. Don’t they deserve a better effort at assembling a quality staff?

  21. paulsmith107 says: Jan 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    A couple things that I would like to say is this. One who said he hired Houston nutt? He was interviewed. Second thing is his coaching a crappy college team had nothing to do with how he coaches a position maybe he wasn’t a good recruiter cause that’s the most important thing in college football. Finally all of these conspiracy theories of why these coaches are being hired or who’s hiring them is stupid. Yes Garrett better win this year cause 8-8 he isn’t coming back but these defensive hirings have nothing to do with gruden real football fans know that gruden an kiffin had a huge falling out in the end of the gruden era. These moves are to help Garrett win cause ultimately that is what Jerry wants

  22. polegojim says: Jan 27, 2013 9:55 AM

    @paul… unfortunately, by their results… Jerry, Garrett, and the Cowboys have earned every bit of criticism and ridicule for coaching decisions.

    Dallas has become one of the most ridiculous coaching carousels in modern day NFL.

    We expect that kind of stuff from teams like the Raiders and Browns… but the Cowboys??? Seriously??? The decisions have been awful.

  23. 1stngoal says: Jan 27, 2013 11:36 AM

    1look2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:39 PM

    Dallas must not want to win again! haha! About those pants, it was his choice to wear them, $600 bucks a pair. ( I’m a local).

    Six hundred bucks a pair, do they come with oversize clown shoes???

  24. timebandit24 says: Jan 27, 2013 1:22 PM

    What is the point of all of you calling him Jerruh, am I off the reservation or what?

  25. theobamaphones says: Jan 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    I’m a local as well, and Dooley is an awful head coach. But it was just as much him being a bad coach as it was/is UT being an overhyped program that has no place in the SEC. Knoxville is where players go who want to say they played in the SEC but didn’t get offers from Florida, Bama, or Auburn. He may actually do okay as a position coach though, and hey, at least you don’t have to wear that tacky orange and sing that god awful Rocky Top song anymore. (It should be noted that I live in TN, and have grown up having this program shoved down my throat, so I know what I’m talking about…Roll Tide)

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