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Jason Garrett on why the Cowboys offensive line coaching change had to be made

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Offensive line coach Paul Alexander was fired seven games into his Dallas Cowboys’ tenure because head coach Jason Garrett felt it was the necessary move to get the team where it wanted to go.

The chance to rehire former offensive line coach Hudson Houck, 75, as a consultant to replacement coach Marc Colombo was an added incentive for Garrett to make the bye-week move.

“We just felt like for what we want to accomplish with our team this was the right move to make,” Garrett said. “And again, we felt like we had great answers for it. Give Marc an opportunity. He’s had a big role for us the last few years. That role has gotten bigger and bigger and again he in tandem with Hud, we believe is going to get what we want for our offensive line.”

Colombo has been an assistant OL coach since 2016. He retired as a player after the 2011 season and played with the Cowboys from 2005-2011.

“We felt like we had a good solution. We felt like [Houck] and Marc working together would allow us to create the type of environment for the offensive line where they could be their best,” Garrett said. “It was a big part of the decision. There’s no question about that. We felt like those two guys together really can do what we want to do with our offensive line.”

Garrett has a tight relationship with Houck, who was the offensive line coach for the Cowboys when Garrett was the backup quarterback in the 1990s and coached alongside him with the Dolphins. The structure of Houck and Colombo working together was laid out clearly, Garrett said.

“We’ve talked a lot through the years. He’s had a big influence on me going all the way back to when I was playing here,” he said. “He’s someone I just hold in the highest regard as a person and certainly as a football coach and he’s been someone who’s been a great mentor and adviser to me at every step.”

Garrett was responsible for firing Houck as the OL coach after the 2011 season.

“He knows our system. He knows how we want to do things,” Garrett said.



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