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ESPN: John Garrett To Become Cowboys' Passing Game Coordinator

In an effort to keep John Garrett, the Cowboys have reportedly given him expanded duties in their offensive system. After Garrett interviewed Garrett for their offensive coordinator and word got out yesterday that Dallas would retain him, ESPN Dallas reports that they will give him the role of passing game coordinator. Garrett has worked under his brother Jason since 2008 as Cowboys tight ends coach. This is the pair's first stint working together.


Jason Garrett was named the Cowboys' head coach ten days ago. He had four offensive staff members - John Garrett, Wade Wilson, Chris Boniol and Ray Sherman - whose contracts were set to expire during the offseason. Garrett and Wilson have been retained, while Sherman was let go. Interim defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni left to become the University of Connecticut's head coach and will apparently be replaced by Rob Ryan.


I'm not crazy about the notion of Jason Garrett being a full-time offensive coordinator and head coach. The trend in the NFL is moving away from that sort of arrangement, as moves to simplify the duties of coahes like Lovie Smith have paid off. Garrett should be able to trust his brother, who is a capable coach. The only concern I have here is that word around the league has seemed to have been that Garrett has a tendency to become stagnant and predictable. Promoting your brother who has been on your staff for three years to be your passing game guru isn't the best way to combat that.


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