Cowboys Staff Shakeup: Ex-Miami Coach Al Golden In Mix

Al Golden is interviewing today with the Cowboys as they work to piece together the 2016 coaching staff. And yeah, there is a 'Garrett Guy' connection here.

If you are an "off-with-their-heads'' overreactionary type, the Dallas Cowboys' news of the moment isn't going to move you. It might even upset you, because no, Jason Garrett isn't getting fired; he's doing the opposite, supervising who is going to get hired.

And former Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden is atop that list.

There are some Cowboys staffers presently without contracts. Safeties coach Joe Baker is an example of one of those who despite his contract status doesn't seem to be in danger of losing his job. He is a "Garrett Guy,'' having played at Princeton as a wide receiver on an Ivy League champion ... and his QB was none other than Garrett.

Oh, and Baker is also a long-time teacher of the defensive principles of coordinator Rod Marinelli, and by the time this all shakes out, Baker could end up with more responsibility in the wake of Jerome Henderson's depature to Atlanta.

But Golden is an intriguing name here in part because of his background.

Golden was a tight end in the NFL in New England before starting a coaching career that took him through Virginia (where he worked with Jason's brother John) and then to Miami, all along beefing up his resume as a defensive-minded coach. Another "Garrett Guy" connection is pointed out by Fish broadcasting on 105.3 The Fan, as he notes, "Golden's New Jersey hometown of Red Bank is a bike ride away from Garrett's parents home - and their famous football-field backyard - in Monmouth Beach. It's easy to imagine Jason and Al, who are the same age, maybe growing up together throwing the football around.''

The Cowboys have acknowledged that they are conducting interviews with Golden (today) and beyond for defensive help. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan might also be supervising some change as tight ends coach Mike Pope, 74, is away from the team for the moment and may be considering retirement. For now, Steve Loney is helping at the Senior Bowl by coaching the tight ends for the North squad, and Marc Colombo is helping with the offensive line. 

As always, none of this is about "What Golden's record was at Miami.'' Consider receivers coach Derek Dooley, who ws 32-41 as a college coach. Or Marinelli, 10-38 as a Lions head coach. Or Linehan, 11-25 as the Rams head coach. For the record, Golden was a 1-11 coach in his first season at Temple, turned that program around, and by the time he failed to get Miami where it wished to be, has an overall college mark of 59-59.) 

But it's not about that. It's all about fit and function, and Garrett's view of it.

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