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This week’s coaching staff shuffling was set in motion not by owner Jerry Jones, but head coach Jason Garrett, according to a recent report.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Jerry and Stephen Jones, the team’s executive vice president, gave Garrett the authority to make such coaching changes this offseason. Nearly a month of offseason passed in which little happened in terms of coaches coming and leaving, but this week, Dallas hired former Lions’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to call plays, demoted but retained Monte Kiffin and promoted defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator.
We had assumed these moves were coming from Jerry because in Dallas, that’s usually a safe bet. But apparently, it was all Garrett.
"Absolutely, we gave Jason that authority when the season ended," Stephen Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "This was another disappointing ending, and you just have let your head coach have that latitude. It's not always going to be pretty, it's going to hurt some feelings, but you have to let Jason evaluate his staff and do what he believes is right. That's what we did."
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