It’s being reported that the Dallas Cowboys are expected to promote former tight end coach Doug Nussmeier. Does that open the door for Jason Witten to coach?
The 2020 NFL season will be a much different one for the Dallas Cowboys. After a decade spent under former head coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys decided to mix things up this year after yet another 8-8 record under Garrett’s watch.
Last Sunday, the Cowboys officially parted ways with Garrett, opting not to renew his expiring contract. A day later, the team announced the hiring of his replacement, former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Ever since the former Super Bowl winner has started to piece together his coaching staff.
One by one, names have trickled out to the media as reported new hires and it appears the majority of the coaching staff under Garrett will not return. But now, a reported promotion could open the door for a future Hall of Fame player to step through.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that the Cowboys are expected to promote former tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier to quarterbacks coach, replacing Jon Kitna on the staff. That leaves an intriguing void that former DallasCowboys.com football analyst Bryan Broaddus wonders if 37-year old tight end Jason Witten might sniff at.
Witten has already expressed his interest in coaching after his playing career is over. Certainly his 16-year stint as a premier NFL tight end, including 11 Pro Bowl nominations and four All-Pro selections, are stellar qualifications. Witten also spent a year as the color commentator and analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football before returning the Cowboys as a player last season.
There are really only two questions when it comes to Jason Witten’s possible transition to becoming the next tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys. One, is Mike McCarthy willing to hire Witten or does the new head coach have someone else in mind? And two, is Witten really ready to hang up his cleats? Stay tuned.