Cowboys new offensive coaching hire is questionable at best
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Dallas Cowboys are hiring former Jacksonville Jaguars passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer to join the coaching staff. Breer says that Schottenheimer’s job with Dallas will center around league trends and game-planning. The former Jags coach is replacing former Cowboys offensive consultant Ben McAdoo. McAdoo is leaving the Cowboys to join the Carolina Panthers as their offensive coordinator for 2022.
Brian is the son of the late, well-respected NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer. Marty and Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy had a great relationship. McCarthy considers the legendary coach a mentor, and Marty gave McCarthy his first job in the NFL as an offensive coach with the Kansas City Chiefs back in 1993. Now, McCarthy is giving his mentor’s son a chance on his own staff.
At 48 years old, Brian Schottenheimer has been a collegiate and professional assistant or coach for the past 24 years. He began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant for the St. Louis Rams. Since then, he’s made stops in Washington, San Diego, New York, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Jacksonville. Schottenheimer is clearly offensive-minded given all of his roles were related to the offense. He has served as an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, tight ends coach, and passing game coordinator.
While Brian certainly brings a wealth of experience to the Cowboys, it’s worth noting that he hasn’t had much success in the NFL. The tweet below shows some glaring issues with the teams he has been a part of. This move, if anything, just feels like the opportunity to bring another name in the building given his resume is quite concerning.
The Cowboys hired former Jaguars passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to join Dallas as a special assistant
The tweet above shows that Schottenheimer has led or been a part of some of the worst offenses in recent NFL history. While the Cowboys’ offense certainly needs some assistance, is this really the guy for the job? Schottenheimer will be helping make calls for an offense that led the league in yards per game (407) and points per game (31.2). Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore can use all the help he can get, but given his track record, it’s a bit hard to argue how helpful the new assistant will be.
Last year with the Jaguars, the coach was promoted to play-calling duties for the remainder of the season after head coach Urban Meyer was fired. How did that go? Well, the fact that he was not re-signed when new head coach Doug Pederson was brought in says a lot. For now, all we can hope is that his 25th year of coaching is his best yet.