The Dallas Cowboys weren’t terribly surprised to see a wave of coaching changes hit Valley Ranch, beginning in the week after the season came to a playoff-less end with a week 17 loss to the Redskins. Eight-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said this week that, following a second straight 8-8 finish, the team had a pretty good idea that sweeping changes were on the way.
"Ultimately, we know it's a bottom-line business and the results have got to be there," Witten said, per ESPN Dallas. "Any time you don't make it, these things go on. But we trust Jason Garrett and we trust what's going on. The foundation's being laid and we believe in what the team is doing."
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said shortly after the season that it was going to get “uncomfortable” around Valley Ranch, and he’s held to his word. Thus far, the Cowboys have bid adieu to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, running backs coach Skip Peete, tight ends coach John Garrett and receivers coach Jimmy Robinson.
They’ve added defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia and wide receivers coach Derek Dooley.
"The best thing about playing for Mr. Jones is you know he's going to try and do anything he can to make the situation better and try and make it happen," Witten said.
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