2020 Schedule

2020 Schedule
6-10, 2nd in NFC East
Foxworth does not want Dak back with the Cowboys next season (2:10)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will name Aden Durde as their defensive line coach, according to multiple sources. He was with new coordinator Dan Quinn in Atlanta for three seasons, spending the 2020 season as outside linebackers coach. An England native, Durde spent a year with the Cowboys coaching staff as an intern when Jason Garrett was head coach. He replaces Jim Tomsula, who was let go with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

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7dAdam Rittenberg

Michigan turns to Cowboys' Linguist as co-DC

As part of a staff overhaul on defense, Michigan has hired Cowboys defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist to be the Wolverines' co-defensive coordinator.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears have requested permission to speak with Cowboys senior defensive assistant George Edwards regarding their defensive coordinator opening, according to a source. Because it is for a coordinator's job, the Cowboys cannot block the request, but the organization wants to keep Edwards, who spoke with Mike McCarthy about the Cowboys' coordinator job before it went to Dan Quinn. Edwards was Minnesota's defensive coordinator from 2014-19.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Jaylon Smith will undergo left wrist surgery Thursday, according to multiple sources. Smith did not miss a game in 2020, leading the Cowboys with 161 tackles. He was on the injury report in Week 16 with a wrist injury but was a full practice participant. The sources said Smith should be ready for the beginning of the offseason program.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Casting a wide net for Doug Pederson's successor, the Philadelphia Eagles have requested an interview with an NFC East rival, Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, for their head coach opening, according to a source. Moore, 32, signed a three-year deal at the end of the 2020 season to remain with the Cowboys, pulling his name from the Boise State vacancy. The Cowboys had 513 yards and 37 points in Week 16 win vs. Eagles.

Jamie Foxx, Stephen A. take shots at each other's favorite teams (2:27)
Is Dan Quinn the right DC hire for the Cowboys? (2:18)

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Former Falcons' HC Dan Quinn and the Cowboys reach agreement for him to become Dallas' defensive coordinator, per source.

Cowboys fire defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (1:29)
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18dTodd Archer

Cowboys' defensive failures cost Nolan, Tomsula

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula have been let go by the Cowboys after the defense this season allowed the most points in franchise history (473) and were ranked 31st in the league in run defense.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have released a statement from Mike McCarthy on the firings if Mike Nolan and Jim Tomsula: "I am appreciative of my relationships with both Mike and Jim, and I am grateful for the contributions that both of them made to our team under difficult circumstances in 2020,.These are never easy decisions to make, and we wish them, and their families, the very best in the future."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A source confirms Mike Nolan had been fired as Cowboys defensive coordinator. Cowboys allowed the most points franchise history and finished ranked 31st in run defense. It's the first of what could be a couple changes on the defensive side of the ball.

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19dTodd Archer

Cowboys WR Cooper undergoes ankle surgery

Sources told ESPN that Amari Cooper's ankle surgery was a clean-up that will not require a long rehab for the Cowboys receiver.

Team Stats

Passing Yards260.18th
Rushing Yards111.817th
Points For24.717th
Points Against29.65th