FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The Dallas Cowboys fired their offensive line coach Paul Alexander after a bye week on Monday.
The team said in a news release Marc Colombo will move into the position. Colombo has served as the team’s assistant offensive line coach since 2016.
The Cowboys (3-4) also announced the hiring of Hudson Houck, a long-time NFL and Cowboys offensive line coach. He will work with Colombo and the offensive staff in an advisory capacity, the team said.
Head coach Jason Garrett said in a statement:
“While approaching the midpoint of the season and going through an overall evaluation of our entire operation during the bye week, we felt this move would serve the best interests of our team moving forward. 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.”
The Cowboys have been without four-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick since he was diagnosed last summer with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes weakness in various parts of the body.
But they still have two other linemen who have been to multiple Pro Bowls in Tyron Smith and Zack Martin. Rookie starter Connor Williams was a second-round draft pick earlier this year and right tackle La’el Collins is a former first-round pick.
Alexander was an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals for 23 years before he was hired by Garrett last offseason. That was after the Cowboys fired Frank Pollack following five seasons in Dallas, the last three as offensive line coach.
The Cowboys are 29th in the NFL with 183 yards passing per game. They are fourth in rushing at 137 yards per game, but had only 73 total rushing yards in losing their most recent game at Washington.
Prescott was sacked 32 times last season, and only 25 times as a rookie in 2016.
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