The Dallas Cowboys have had all kinds of coaching shakeups this off-season. It began with the firing on running backs coach Skip Peete, and continues today with the rumors they are likely hiring new a new defensive line coach and Monte Kiffin disciple, Rod Marinelli. There is also another coach out there the Cowboys might be bringing in.
Yesterday, the Cowboys met with former Arkansas Razorbacks and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt about an unspecified coaching position. Dallasnews.com reports that Nutt could be hired for either the running backs or tight ends coaching positions, if John Garrett moves on.
Even though Nutt has coached his entire on the college level, he might make a nice fit for the Cowboys. He not only has ties to Jerry Jones, but his knowledge of the college game would bring some value to the Cowboys since the team has been hiring older coaches who’ve had more success on the NFL level. The NFL game has changed, and bringing in someone who understands the college system won’t be a bad thing. The Cowboys could use a new perspective and a fresh vision for their offense. Houston Nutt was a very good coach in college and just because he has ties to Jones doesn’t mean it would be a bad hire.
I understand the skepticism over hiring Nutt, but it’s not like he’s going to be in a position to make any huge decisions that will affect the Cowboys. He brings an energy and enthusiasm to the coaching staff that could help the Dallas offense, no matter what position he fills.
It would certainly be a ‘good old boy’ hiring by Jerry Jones but in this case, I don’t think it would be a bad thing. It’s not like anyone has ever blamed a losing season on a running backs coach, have they?
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