Cowboys Make Surprising New Coaching Change
The Cowboys made a surprising new coaching change this week.
Following his hiring, new Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy set out to reshape the coaching staff with people he felt more comfortable with.
One of the casualties of that was now former secondary coach Kris Richard, who was released from his contract last week.
In his place enters former Texas A&M coach Maurice Linguist.
Linguist played defensive back for the Baylor Bears from 2003 to 2006.
His coaching record includes stops at Minnesota, Mississippi State, Iowa State and obviously the Aggies.
Last season Texas A&M finished 31st in the nation in passing yards allowed.
Richard initially arrived in Dallas fresh off a stint with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks.
Thank you Texas A&M for welcoming me & my family to College Station. Special thanks to Coach Fisher for the opportunity to be apart of this great staff. To the players, nothing but love. I got your back! I was born in Dallas, and we’re headed back to where it all started! pic.twitter.com/NxHy3m1zQx
— Maurice Linguist (@CoachMo15) January 20, 2020
He was originally hired as the defensive backs coach, reporting to Rod Marinelli. From there Marinelli began letting Richard take the lead.
With Richard at the helm of the defense, Dallas finished 10th in pass defense in 2019. Unfortunately, it was not all good news. The Cowboys amassed a mere seven interceptions on the year.
It remains to be seen if Linguist is the right person to turn the Cowboys’ defense into the juggernaut McCarthy will need it to be in 2020.