“I completely underestimated the impact of not being with the team early in the spring and the training camp,” Jones said. “With the change in coaching and if you will, especially on the defensive side of the line, if you will, a change in technique, a change in some philosophy there.”
All in all, the Cowboys scored 473 points this season – good enough for No. 28 in the NFL and the worst score in franchise history. They also finished 31st in the league in running defense, allowing an average of 159 yards per game.
These statistics, among other things, led to speculation about Nolan̵
“That’s what we’re working on. Honestly, we’re working on all the coaches. That’s what this process is about. You have to take the emotion, the frustration of what it’s 6-10 – regardless of COVID and all the other challenges we’ve had. I think it’s important to put everything on the table and that’s the process, and that’s the same thing I did every year as a head coach. “
McCarthy said his exit interviews would continue next week, but apparently a decision had been made for Nolan.
It is too early to speculate on which cowboys will hire to replace him or in what direction the defense will go from here. But since the departure of Rod Marinelli and Chris Richard last January, they are ready to have their third defensive coordinator in so many years.