Three defensive coordinator candidates to replace Mike Nolan on the Dallas Cowboys
The clock has struck midnight on Mike Nolan in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys first year defensive coordinator has essentially worn out his welcome, and fair or not, is first in line to be replaced after this disaster-of-a-season concludes.
While the players themselves deserve a significant portion of the blame, it’s clear Nolan’s lessons are not being learned and players are regressing under his leadership. So today, we get a head start on the replacement process. We look at three assistant coaches who could be just what the Dallas Cowboys need to turn this thing around…
Pass Defense Coordinator, Baltimore
With the wounds still fresh on the minds of the Cowboys faithful, it’s a good time to turn our attention to the Ravens most promising assistant coach, Chris Hewitt.
Over the past eight seasons Hewitt has been climbing the Ravens ladder, first as defensive backs coach, now in his first year as pass defense coordinator. And in case you didn’t know, Baltimore has had one of the NFL’s best secondaries the past few seasons, despite dealing with constant injury issues.
The Dallas Cowboys are in the midst of a complete rebuild to their secondary. It’s likely they’ll be replacing and developing three of the four starting DB spots this offseason. Having a coach like Hewitt would pay dividends in the development time of those young pieces.
His steady growth on the Ravens, his high regard around the league, and his success in adversity, are all reasons he’d be a good candidate for a defensive coordinator spot in 2021. Baltimore seems to be grooming him so it won’t be easy to pry him away, but Hewitt is a rising star who’s on the cusp.