Coslet Named Offensive Coordinator

Bruce Coslet, former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets, will take control of the Cowboys' offense next season. Coslet is another advocate of the West Coast offense and will likely institute his vertical passing game philosophy into the Cowboys before you know it.

He may not be the "fan's choice," but like it or not, Bruce Coslet will be the Dallas Cowboys' new offensive coordinator next season. Coslet was signed to a 3-year contract Wednesday over several other candidates, including Galen Hall and Ted Tollner.

Coslet has a world of NFL experience, but he is probably most remembered from his two head coaching stints in Cincinnati and New York, which produced a combined 26-38 record and one playoff appearance.

Coslet also served as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati on two separate occasions. He helped lead the Bengals' offense to a number one ranking in both 1986 and 1988. In 1988, he was instrumental in getting RB Ickey Woods' career off an running, as well as helping the Bengals reach the Super Bowl.

Dallas re-assigned former offensive coordinator Jack Reilly two days after the season ended. He is now a senior football assistant with an emphasis on scouting.

Without question, Coslet will have his work cut out for hiim. The Cowboys' offense finished 29th in the league in total offense last season and dead last in passing. Furthermore, he'll also have to help decide on a quarterback to build the team around.

"We've got some young quarterbacks and it's going to take some time. But we're not destitute down here. There is some real potential here on offense, there's one of the greatest runners in the history of the game in Emmitt Smith, and the quarterbacks all have something going for them," said Coslet on Wednesday.

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