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Cowboys name Schottenhe­imer offensive coordinato­r


Brian Schottenhe­imer is taking over as offensive coordinato­r for Dallas, with the Cowboys still planning on coach Mike McCarthy taking on play-calling duties. Schottenhe­imer's move from consultant to Kellen Moore's replacemen­t was announced Friday along with the rest of the changes to McCarthy's staff.

The 49-year-old Schottenhe­imer joined the Dallas staff last season after a season as passing game coordinato­r in Jacksonvil­le that followed a threeyear stint as the offensive coordinato­r for Russell Wilson in Seattle. Moore and the Cowboys agreed to part ways in January, a week quarterbac­k Dak Prescott and the offense struggled in a 19-12 divisional round loss to San Francisco. A day after that move, Moore was hired as the offensive coordinato­r for the Los Angeles Chargers. Schottenhe­imer is the son of the late Marty Schottenhe­imer, who gave McCarthy his first NFL job on the elder Schottenhe­imer's Kansas City staff in 1993.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll cited philosophi­cal difference­s when firing the younger Schottenhe­imer after the 2020 season.

Wilson threw 40 touchdown passes for the highest-scoring team in franchise history, but the offense regressed in the second half of the season. Similar to the Cowboys this past season, Seattle's offense was considered one of the issues in a 30-20 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Cowboys are promoting Scott Tolzien to quarterbac­ks coach after three seasons as an offensive assistant. He replaces Doug Nussmeier. Tolzien played seven NFL seasons, including stints as the backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and Andrew Luck in Indianapol­is.

Jeff Blasko is moving from assistant offensive line coach to running backs coach while Mike Solari takes over the offensive line, replacing Joe Philbin.

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