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Cowboys fire Mike Nolan and Jim Tomsula after defense failures in 2020

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The Cowboys’ poor defensive performance in 2020 resulted in a coaching staff reshuffle.

Dallas Friday Licensed Coordinator Mike Nolan and Line Coach Jim Tomsula. The moves came less than a week after the team finished 6-10 and failed to advance to the NFL playoffs.

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Nolan’s defense has been plagued with injury and ineffectiveness all season, starting with the season-ending injury to tackle Gerald McCoy in training camp. The team has allowed the franchise’s worst 473 points in 16 regular-season games. That number placed them 28th in the NFL in terms of defense.

The unit was also 31st against the run, a likely main factor behind Tomsula’s dismissal.

Earlier today, head coach Mike McCarthy did not make a commitment about possible changes to his squad.

“We work on all coaches,” McCarthy said in an interview with Dallas radio station KRLD. “That’s the point of this process. You have to eliminate the emotion of disappointment from what 6-10 is, regardless of COVID, and all the other challenges we’ve come across. I think it is. important to get it all on the table and that’s what that process is, and it’s the same that we’ve done every year as a head coach. I think you have to do it that way. “

Weeks 2-6 were the worst streak for the defense in terms of scoring. Starting with a wild victory over the Falcons in Week 2, the unit allowed 39, 38, 49, 34 and 38 points while going 2-3. Overall, Dallas has allowed 20 or more points in 14 of 16 games in 2020.

Dallas has not named any replacements for Nolan or Tomsula.


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