Cowboys announce Mike Nolan, Jim Tomsula firings

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Word on Friday was that the Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and the team has now announced the move.

Nolan joined the staff after Mike McCarthy was hired as head coach early last year. He changed the scheme that the Cowboys had run in the past and the performance of the unit was terrible for much of the season.

The Cowboys also announced that they have fired defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

“I am appreciative of my relationships with both Mike and Jim, and I am grateful for the contributions that both of them made to our team under difficult circumstances in 2020,” McCarthy said in a statement. “These are never easy decisions to make, and we wish them, and their families, the very best in the future.”

The Cowboys gave offensive coordinator Kellen Moore a new deal to keep him from taking the Boise State head coaching job, so the Nolan move will likely represent the biggest change to the coaching staff this offseason.

49 responses to “Cowboys announce Mike Nolan, Jim Tomsula firings

  1. Hey, Dom Capers is available.
    This was meant as a joke until I started thinking about it and it began to fit rather cleanly.

  2. I just wonder why the Cowboys always take several days to do what everyone knows they should do as soon as the season ends. They took several days before firing Jason Garrett when everyone who follows football knew it would happen. Same situation here. It’s as if they are afraid to rip off the band aid and move on. I blame it all on Jerry Jones and his management style.

  3. Cowboy fans are among the most loyal in the nation, but I would bet my last dollar that most wish Jerry would hire a real GM and just sit back and enjoy being the owner. If you start with the 94 season (still mostly a Jimmy Johnson built team) the Cowboys are a mediocre 220-196 for a mere .529 winning percentage. On any other NFL franchise, a dismal .528 performance would have the GM canned a long time ago.

  4. What I don’t understand was the thought process which resulted in Nolan being hired in the first place. I mean, what were they thinking?

    “The modern game has passed him by, he’s never been that good anyway, he can’t connect with the players of today, he’s a 3-4 coach and we have 4-3 talent… sounds perfect!”

  5. Not Everything Is A Joke says:
    January 8, 2021 at 5:52 pm
    Cowboy fans are among the most loyal in the nation…

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    Browns and Bills fans read this far and then fall over laughing.

  6. Firing Nolan had to be difficult. Nolan was the head coach of the 49ers when he made McCarthy his offensive coordinator in 2005. The following year, McCarthy left to take the head coaching job in Green Bay. The thing I liked about Nolan is when he was head coach, he used to wear a suit on the sidelines. I believe he’s the last one to do so.

  7. Shocked, simply shocked at these firings. Nolan and Tomsula are not only proven defensive experts, but have both had highly successful stints as NFL head coaches. Who can forget Nolan and his suit? Tomsula and his fart? I’m dumbfounded by this move.

  8. All that time in his barn with other coaches studying analytics and McCarthy was still blind to having a defensive scheme that matched his players.

  9. So Jerry thinks that McCarthy is just fine & dandy, but his staff has to go? Is Jerry going to hand pick McCarthy’s coaches?

  10. Remember when Tomsula ripped that loud fart at the podium as HC of the 49ers? Classic.

  11. Wonder if Kris Richard will be under consideration or Ken Norton the DC of Seattle. They should consider Wade Phillips, if he would willing to come back. The Rams played well under his defensive scheme.

  12. “The modern game has passed him by, he’s never been that good anyway, he can’t connect with the players of today, he’s a 3-4 coach and we have 4-3 talent… sounds perfect!

    —-——————/////

    IIRC Gregory is a 3-4 LB as was Aldon Smith in his heyday with the 9ers. The issue is that one of their 3-4 DE’s need to be a lane clogger. I don’t think either he nor the NT was effective.
    Since that guy from KC hurt his back he has never been the same. Good that they released him so they could see what was behind him on the depth chart – now they know what position to draft.

  13. Dallas doesn’t know what they’re doing. They had an easy schedule this year. Went 6-10. Watch next year they’ll go 6-10 again, or worse.

  14. Maybe McCarthy learned something about hiring friends who simply the game has passed them bye. I think many Cowboys fans knew it’s hard to fit a round peg in a square hole. The Cowboy defense had the personnel to play 1 style of defense and both coaches wanted them to play a different style. Neither coach should have been hired in the first place.

  15. Dallas will be predicted to win the nfc east in September just like last year and the year before that and the year before that and the year before that and the year before that ect. ect ect…..

  16. “You kids better stop lyin’ or that Jim Tomsula’s gonna come out the swamp and getcha!”

  17. They have a lot of pieces on that defense, there really wasn’t an excuse to fail except for TOP and field position.

  18. I didn’t even know that the Cowboys had hired Tomsula until I read this.

    Man, McCarthy sure can pick em.

  19. ClevelandDave says:
    January 8, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Remember when Tomsula ripped that loud fart at the podium as HC of the 49ers? Classic.
    ——————

    That’s his only highlight as coach of the 49ers.

  20. Jack del Rio wore a suit on the sidelines as HC of the Jaguars in the 2000s. I think that was after Nolan in SF.

  21. Defense was also a problem when McCarthy coached Green Bay. So a new DC may not make much difference.

  22. Aaron Rodgers ain’t leaving Green Bay…McCarthy will be go2ne midway through 2022 and Moore will take over.

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