5 Quick Hits from Jason Garrett This Week
Below are a few quick hits from Jason Garrett this week breaking down everything that happened over the bye week and how the Cowboys have been preparing to return to the field to face off against the Titans on Monday Night Football.
Marc Colombo’s Promotion to Offensive Line Coach
For the first time under Head Coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys made a mid-season assistant coaching change. Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander was let go and former Assistant Coach Marc Colombo filled that role. Colombo has spent the last 4 seasons on the staff and was a Cowboys offensive tackle from 2005-2010. Garrett says Colombo has had an improving role with the offensive line the last 4 years and that he’s ready for his opportunity to lead.
Former Offensive Coach Hudson Houck Comes Out of Retirement
Hudson Houck returns to the Cowboys for his third stint on the coaching staff to work under his former player, Marc Colombo. Houck was the Cowboys offensive line coach from 1993-2001 and again from 2008-2011.
Houck will become Colombo’s advisory consultant and Garrett says the combination of Houck and Colombo creates the kind of environment for the offensive linemen to perform their best. Garrett says this new coaching combo pairs well together because they’re philosophically similar in what they want to see from the offensive line.
Amari Cooper Getting Ready for First Cowboys Game
Newly acquired WR Amari Cooper spent time during the bye-week with WR Coach Sanjay Lal on the west coast (Cooper was preparing to move to Dallas and Lal was visiting family). Cooper worked with with Lal to get up to speed on the Cowboys offense, working on routes and other pieces of the offense.
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Geoff Swaim Injury Update
TE Geoff Swaim is recovering from a sprained knee which he hurt in the Washington Redskins game. In the case that Swaim is not ready to play in Monday night’s game against Tennessee, Garrett says he has full confidence in tight ends Dalton Schultz, Rico Gathers and Blake Jarwin to step up. He says they’re young, but they all have their own strengths. According to Garrett, Schultz got better each play in the Redskins and he expects him to continue to get better.
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Looking Ahead to Tennessee
The Titans defense ranks 9th in the passing game and Garrett says Tennessee has a good defense all across the board. He says their offense up front does a nice job of blocking for QB Marcus Mariota and their secondary is very active.
The biggest focus for the Cowboys will be on their team and the type of game they want to play.