Cowboys part ways with coaches Nolan, Tomsula

Mike Nolan addresses the media (Dallas Cowboys)
Mike Nolan addresses the media (Dallas Cowboys)(Dallas Cowboys)
Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 6:43 PM CST
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(KLTV) - The Cowboys defense was not good in the 2020 season, and the team is already making changes.

The franchise announced on Friday that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will not be returning next season.

“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,” Coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “These are never easy decisions to make, and we wish them, and their families, the very best in the future.”

It was not easy on the defense from the beginning. Nolan came in when no one could meet with players in person due to COVID-19. With little time to install his system the Cowboys put up numbers near the bottom on the league.

According to the team’s website, the defense gave up 473 points, ranking them No. 28 in the NFL. That point total is also the worst in franchise history. The team also ranked 31st in the league in run defense, allowing an average of 159 yards per game

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