Cowboys fire defensive coordinator Mike Nolan after 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. He had completed his lone season as the defensive coordinator in 2020.

Nolan held a defensive coordinator role in the NFL for the first time since 2014. Before being hired by Mike McCarthy, he was the Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator from 2012 through 2014.

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The team also fired defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

“I am appreciative of my relationships with both Mike and Jim, and I am grateful for the contributions that both of them made to our team under difficult circumstances in 2020,” McCarthy said. “These are never easy decisions to make, and we wish them, and their families, the very best in the future.”

The defense was one of the worst in the league. They were 28th out of 32 teams at the end of the regular season.

The team allowed 473 points on the season. They averaged 29.6 points per game.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Cowboys will speak with Joe Whitt Jr. about the vacancy. The interview will take place on Sunday.

McCarthy is familiar with Whitt Jr. They were previously together with the Green Bay Packers.

He was most recently the Atlanta Falcons
Secondary coach/pass game coordinator. Whitt Jr. worked for the Packers under McCarthy from 2008 through 2018.

During an interview on 105.3 FM The Fan on Tuesday, owner and GM Jerry Jones said the lack of in-person off-season hurt the team.

“I totally underestimated the impact of not being with the team early through the spring and through 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.”

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