The Dallas Cowboys are reworking their offensive staff following a string of departures that included offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, and offensive line coach Joe Philbin, among others.
On Tuesday, the Cowboys made another change, hiring Will Harriger as an offensive assistant. Harriger spent 2022 as a senior offensive analyst at USC. It’s understood Harriger worked extensively with QB Caleb Williams, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 draft.
Williams went scorched earth in his first year for the Trojans, throwing for 4,075 yards with a 66.1% completion rate and 37 touchdowns. He added 372 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores, and led USC to an 11-2 record.
The hope is Harriger will assume a similar role with Dak Prescott after he struggled with interceptions and decision-making in 2022.
Harriger was an assistant under Dan Quinn when the now-Cowboys defensive coordinator was head coach of the Falcons, and he worked with Quinn during his Florida and Seahawks days. He even has a history with new OC Brian Schottenheimer after the two worked together in Seattle and Jacksonville.
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- Here’s what Quinn said of Harriger when he was put in charge of game-management responsibilities with Atlanta in 2020: “I was very impressed by Will early. He’s had background on offense, background on defense. From Florida to Seattle, we’ve always stayed connected. He was somebody who I thought was really qualified for that. He had plenty of experience in the QB room from his time in Seattle, so it seemed like a good fit for us to do that.”
- Pro Football Focus’ post-Super Bowl mock draft had the Cowboys take Tennessee wideout Jalin Hyatt at No. 26 overall. Dallas desperately needs a receiver who can stretch the field and take the top off of defenses, and Hyatt logged the most yards on deep receptions (677) of any wideout in 2022.
- Hyatt was the fourth WR off the board in this mock. TCU’s Quentin Johnson went No. 12 overall to Houston, USC’s Jordan Addison went 23rd to the Vikings, and Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba went 25th to the Giants.
- The Eagles have officially lost both of their top coordinators. First, offensive coordinator Shane Steichen inked a six-year deal to become the Colts new head coach. Shortly thereafter, DC Jonathan Gannon landed the Cardinals’ head coaching job. Gannon beat out Bengals DC Lou Anarumo and Giants OC Mike Kafka, and takes over an Arizona team that has 31 unrestricted free agents.
- The Raiders officially released Derek Carr on Tuesday. This came after Carr declined to waive his no-trade clause and and right before he was owed $40 million guaranteed. The Panthers, Saints, Jets, and Titans are considered the front runners, or most likely destinations, for the veteran quarterback.