Officially parting ways with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on Friday gave hope to those who had demanded more creative Cowboys violations.
However, some brake pumping is recommended.
Violations will not come out of one offseason that looks like the Rams, Saints or Chiefs. There is likely to be more pre-snap motion, some routes that are shorter and more opportunities for Dak Prescott to use his legs.
But remember that Jason Garrett is still running the show, and he will choose someone who has the same offensive principle.
Here are five possible candidates to become the next Cowboys offensive coordinator:
1. Doug Nussmeier
The current Cowboys tight coach is a favorite to meet with OC. Nussmeier has experience in campus play, worked as an offensive coordinator for Washington, Alabama, Michigan and Florida in the past 10 years.
In the final season press conference on Monday, Garrett highly praised Nussmeier's first season for training the tight edges of the Cowboys.
"Nuss did a great job, he really did it," Garrett said. "He has a lot of different training experiences. He trains at different levels, trains different positions. Only a very good soccer player. He plays in the NFL so he has a good understanding, is well connected with the players."
2. James Coley
The University of Georgia's offensive coordinator was an offensive assistant to Miami Dolphins coaching staff Nick Saban. Also on the staff: Garrett, Linehan, Derek Dooley and Hudson Houck. Coley will bring familiarity with Garrett's training style and several different aspects of campus play. Before Georgia, Coley was an offensive coordinator in the State of Florida and then Miami.
3. Dan Campbell
The New Orleans Saints sharp-end coach and assistant head coach played tightly for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2005. He was the Dolphins' tight tip coach from 2011 to 2015 before becoming the team's temporary head coach. Campbell has been with Saints in his current role since 2016. New Orleans finished third in scoring violations this season with 31.5 points per match. If the Cowboys hire Campbell, they have to wait until after the playoff. The Saints host the Rams in the NFC Game Championship on Sunday.
4. Kellen Moore
The former Cowboys backup midfielder was named QB coach last season. Moving the former Boise State star to OC is impossible, but Moore has been praised for having an extraordinary offensive mind.
5. Sanjay Lal
Before becoming Cowboy recipient coach last season, Lal spent the previous nine years as a training recipient for Raiders, Jets, Bills, and Colts. Like Moore, Lal will bring continuity because both are familiar with the list and staff.
Tony Romo or Jason Witten. Not only both of them have high profile TV jobs that are very profitable, but also have no training experience. If Father or Witten wants to go directly from the broadcast booth to NFL staff, they may have to start as position trainers before going up to the offensive coordinator. It doesn't make sense for Garrett to make such a move while training what could be his final season in Dallas.
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