Doug Nussmeier among candidates Dallas could consider for coordinator

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The Cowboys apparently began their offensive coordinator search earlier this week. Ed Werder, formerly of ESPN, reported Thursday that the Cowboys contacted a coach who took another NFL job about replacing Scott Linehan.

Linehan and the Cowboys agreed to part ways after a Wednesday meeting.

So where do the Cowboys turn now?

The favorite is Cowboys tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier, who would provide some continuity with terminology. Nussmeier, who played quarterback at Idaho, has called plays at Alabama, Michigan and Florida.

But the Cowboys could consider a run at an assistant on one of the teams still playing. Perhaps that’s what Jerry Jones was alluding to earlier this week when he said, “Why would I put some kind of statement out that says this is what we’re going to do when we might have an opportunity here next week?”

Saints assistant head coach/tight ends Dan Campbell is the obvious name. He played with Jason Garrett for three seasons with the Giants. Campbell, a Glen Rose, Texas, native, also played for the Cowboys for three seasons and has a relationship with Jones.

Campbell has never had the title of offensive coordinator with play-calling duties, but he served as the interim head coach of the Dolphins in 2015 when the team fired Joe Philbin.

The Saints would have to agree to let Campbell leave if he is under contract for 2019.

Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka’s name also has been thrown out randomly on social media as a possibility, but he has no ties to Garrett or the Cowboys.

James Coley, though, does.

Georgia recently promoted Coley to offensive coordinator after a season as the Bulldogs’ co-offensive coordinator. Coley was on Nick Saban’s staff in Miami in 2005-06 with Garrett.

One problem the Cowboys face going outside the organization to hire an offensive coordinator is Garrett’s contract situation. He has only one year left on his deal and until a new deal is signed, sealed and delivered will an assistant with a good job elsewhere want to leave for Dallas?

10 responses to “Doug Nussmeier among candidates Dallas could consider for coordinator

  1. They are hiring Romo as HC Jerry is waiting for his season to be over that’s what he was alluding to

  2. It’s a pipe dream, but would I be totally ecstatic, if Romo became our HC and called our offensive plays 🙂 He was calling a lot of the plays, himself, as he became so frustrated with the offensive plays called, anyway. Was a total shame, he did not get to play with the team that was FINALLY, created for him 😦 I have zero doubt in my mind, if Tony was put in when we were down 18 against GB in 2016, we would have moved on to the championship game….smh Garrett’s EGO would never have let that happen, though, to the detriment of the team!!!!

  3. Romo as head coach? Are you people high! I’ve been a Cowboys fan for over 50 years and the chances of Romo becoming the head coach are about the same as a banjo jumping out of my butt playing “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”.

  4. brendafortheboyz says:
    I have zero doubt in my mind, if Tony was put in when we were down 18 against GB in 2016, we would have moved on to the championship game
    ==

    Would that be the same Tony Romo who, in December of 2013, had a 26-3 halftime lead and still lost to Green Bay – a team led by backup QB Matt Flynn — IN DALLAS?
    The same Tony Romo who tossed two interceptions in the final three minutes, the first one giving Green Bay a chance for the go-ahead score with the Cowboys in position to run out the clock with a 36-31 lead?
    Look, Tony Romo is a lot better than a lot of people gave him credit for. He seems like a pretty god guy, and he’s certainly becoming an excellent analyst. But history says your confidence is, at best, unjustified.

  5. “…will an assistant with a good job elsewhere want to leave for Dallas?”

    Maybe, maybe not. But guys know Jerry will hook you up with cash if you come through for him. Plus, North Texas is better than anywhere else in the entire country to live all things considered.

  6. Jerry is waiting for the season to be over. Jerry will offer the Job to Romo with a handshake promise that he will make Romo HC one day. If Romo gets hired, this is Garrett’s final season.

  7. Can’t see Romo leaving that sweet broadcasting job. Nussmeier’s interesting. Campbell makes sense. Whoever it is I hope they modernize Garrett’s old playbook and get the best out of Prescott. The Cowboys would have a real chance to contend.

  8. Romo has no leadership qualities. Jerry had to call him the leader because the locker room sure didn’t. Enough of the Romo stuff and thankfully he’s not here to get injured when we need him the most.

  9. “It’s a pipe dream, but would I be totally ecstatic, if Romo became our HC and called our offensive plays 🙂 He was calling a lot of the plays, himself, as he became so frustrated with the offensive plays called, anyway. Was a total shame, he did not get to play with the team that was FINALLY, created for him 😦 I have zero doubt in my mind, if Tony was put in when we were down 18 against GB in 2016, we would have moved on to the championship game….smh Garrett’s EGO would never have let that happen, though, to the detriment of the team!!!!”

    Whoa. This isn’t fantasy football or Madden. Knee-jerk reactions coming from some Cowboy fans is not the way to run a franchise. There is no magic elixir for winning. This team has to scheme and call better plays based on the abilities of its skill players. This is just one example; Prescott should have at least 8 designed runs per game out of varying formations. This would counter some of the upfield, pass rushers crashing the pocket and make DBs look into the backfield allowing our WRs to get some ample separation creating opportunities for more big plays. In addition, what happened to using spread formations on short-yardage and goal line plays to get defenders out of the box and second guessing their assignments?

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