Dallas Cowboys coaching staff beginning to take shape

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Dak Prescott
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On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys announced the promotion of two assistant coaches as they appear to be rounding out their coaching staff.

Coming off a disappointing season in 2017, the Dallas Cowboys made the decision to shake up their positional coaching staff. As they currently reside after their two latest hirings, there are only two positions still remaining open for the 2018 season.

The Cowboys have officially announced the hirings/promotions of Ben Bloom to linebackers coach and Keith O’ Quinn to special teams coordinator. Both coaches were already apart of the Cowboys coaching staff as the club has shown a conscious effort to promote within.

Earlier this offseason the Cowboys announced former quarterback Kellen Moore would be replacing long time assistant Wade Wilson as the teams quarterbacks coach. The promotions from within have continued now with the hirings of Bloom and O’ Quinn.

Bloom has been with the organization since 2011 where he originally started as a defensive quality control coach. He has since worked closely with recently departed linebackers coach Matt Eberflus where he served as an assistant and helped advise coaches on game plan matchups and personnel group strategies.

O’ Quinn joined the Cowboys coaching staff in 2010 after serving three seasons as a scout. O’ Quinn has also spent some time as a quality control coach before becoming the assistant special teams coach in 2014 while working with former coach Rich Bisaccia.

The Cowboys approach to hiring within may not be over just yet as former assistant offensive line coach Marc Colombo is considered a front runner for the still  vacated tight ends coaching position.

So what can be taken away from the Cowboys decision to find the majority of their positional coaching staff shakeup by promoting within? They have already made the decision to bring back head coach Jason Garrett and both the offensive and defensive coordinators. Could it be because Garrett and company are comfortable with the potential these coaches have shown in the past? Or could this all be tied to Garrett’s future as head coach in what will certainly be a make or break season in 2018?

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In what could be Garrett’s final year in 2018, Garrett has clearly made a statement by keeping his coaches close to him. If this coaching staff is a sinking ship heading into 2018, Garrett will be doing it his way with his coaches. He may not have a choice but to promote his own coaches as bringing in any top flight assistant coaches is going to be very difficult with a very unsteady long term head coaching situation going forward; making the hiring of former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard that much more impressive.