By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Dallas Cowboys have fired offensive line coach Paul Alexander on Monday. He lasted just seven seasons after the line has not met expectations.
Alexander was in his first season with the team. Marc Colombo, who was a former offensive lineman with the team, has been named interim offensive line coach.
Colombo began the season as the assistant offensive line coach. He joined the coaching staff in 2016 after a ten-year playing career.
Head coach Jason Garrett made the move on the team’s first day back after the bye week. This is Garrett’s first in-season coaching move since the 2011 season.
“While approaching the midpoint of the season, and going through an overall evaluation of our entire operation during the bye week, we felt that this move would serve the best interests of our team moving forward,” Garrett said in a statement from the team. “We have great respect and admiration for Paul and what he has accomplished in a very successful career in the NFL.
“These are not easy decisions to make at any time of the year, but we will move ahead with the utmost confidence in what Marc Colombo and Hudson Houck will bring to our team in their new roles.”
Hudson Houck was brought back to the team and will serve as senior assistant. This is his third stint with the team, as he previously worked as the offensive line coach from 1993-2001 and 2008-11.
Prior joining the Cowboys, he spent 24-years with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The offensive line has regressed this season without All-Pro center Travis Frederick. The 27-year-old Sharon, Wisconsin native and four-time Pro Bowler has been battling Guillain–Barré syndrome.
It is a muscle weakness from his immune system that damages the peripheral nervous system. Symptoms are normally changes in sensation or pain along with muscle weakness in the feet and hands.
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