About per week after parting methods with Kellen Moore, the Dallas Cowboys have a brand new offensive coordinator. The crew introduced on Saturday afternoon that it has named Brian Schottenheimer to the place.
The Cowboys had one of many NFL’s most effective and explosive offenses within the league throughout Moore’s tenure, rating second in each whole yards and whole factors, and main the league in scoring in every of Dak Prescott’s wholesome seasons. However, the offense struggled badly in consecutive playoff losses to the San Francisco 49ers these previous two seasons, so the crew determined to go in one other route. That route is now clear.
“I’m thrilled and grateful for this thrilling alternative and embrace the excessive requirements and expectations that include this function and the Dallas Cowboys group,” Schottenheimer mentioned in an announcement. “Having long-standing, nice respect and appreciation for Mike McCarthy as an individual, a frontrunner and a head coach makes this a really rewarding and compelling second for me. The capacity to win with nice teammates that share the identical targets, and alignment with find out how to educate them, makes this particular for me and I’m very grateful for it.”
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy mentioned the next concerning Schottenheimer: “I’m very glad to have Brian tackle this key function with our crew. He has been an vital a part of our employees already and has an incredible grasp of the place we’re and the place we wish to go. Brian additionally has an exceptionally robust basis, historical past and relationships past his time right here that translate very nicely into understanding what our method to working and executing will likely be sooner or later. This will likely be an thrilling and environment friendly transition for us that I’m assured will assist yield he development and outcomes that all of us count on.”
McCarthy would be the play-caller now that Moore has moved onto Los Angeles, however Schottenheimer will presumably be answerable for putting in and implementing the offense in his function because the coordinator. If Schottenheimer’s identify sounds acquainted, it ought to. He is the son of longtime NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, and he has been within the league for a very long time as nicely. Schottenheimer spent final season as a guide in Dallas, and has 12 years of offensive coordinator expertise on the NFL stage.
However, these years of expertise ought to encourage comparatively little confidence. In In 12 seasons within the function, Schottenheimer coordinated an offense that ranked top-10 in factors solely 4 occasions, top-10 in yards simply as soon as, top-10 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA simply 3 times, and top-10 in Tru Media’s model of EPA per play solely twice. On common, his offenses have been constantly below-average. But the Cowboys apparently suppose that he and McCarthy are the tandem that may elevate was has been one of many league’s greatest offenses, ever additional.