Dallas Cowboys Haven’t Hired Derek Dooley
As of Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys are still looking for and exploring all options before deciding on a receivers coach.
It was reported that the Cowboys’ new receivers coach would be former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, but that’s not the case. Dooley did, however, interview for the job with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at the Senior Bowl.
Dooley was fired from Tennessee in November after compiling the longest run of successive losing seasons in over a century. He was 15 and 21 in three seasons with the Volunteers. During that time, he was 4 and 19 against the SEC, and 0 and 15 against Top 25 teams.
Unlike all of Jerry Jones’ hires this off-season, Dooley was not on the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ staff. Instead, he was on the Miami Dolphins’ staff when he and Garrett worked under Nick Saban from 2005-06. Garrett was the quarterbacks coach and Dooley served as the team’s tight ends coach. Those two years are Dooley’s only NFL experience.
The fact that the Cowboys are looking for a new receivers coach means that Jimmy Robinson’s tenure in that position is over. Robinson also held the assistant head coach title, but according to the Cowboys, he could be moved to a consultant position and remain with the organization.
The Cowboys are still looking to replace departed running backs coach Skip Peete and tight ends coach John Garrett. Currently the leading candidate to replace Peete is Sam Gash. Gash is a former player and has been the Detroit Lions running backs coach the last five seasons.