Carthon named Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator

Lions' offensive assistant Maurice Carthon has been named offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, learned. Carthon held the title as offensive coordinator while with Detroit, but head coach Marty Mornhinweg was calling the plays.

(ALLEN PARK, MI) -- has learned that Maurice Carthon will be named offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys as early as today. The Cowboys requested permission to speak to Carthon earlier today and it was granted by Detroit.

Carthon began his coaching career as an assistant for new Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells in 1994 when Parcells was head coach of the New England Patriots. Carthon continued with Parcells when he moved to the New York Jets in 1997 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2000. But when Parcells abruptly quit the Jets following the season, Carthon then joined Marty Mornhinweg's staff in Detroit.

After one year as running backs coach, Carthon was promoted to offensive coordinator, but head coach Marty Mornhinweg continued to call the plays on the sideline, not an ideal situation for a coordinator wishing to make the leap to head coach someday.

Carthon was not Parcells' first choice.

The Carolina Panthers were approached to see if they would give permission for the Cowboys to speak to Dan Henning, a former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator and current offensive coordinator for the Panthers. The Panthers though, denied the Cowboys permission.

"Why would I do that," asked Panthers head coach John Fox? "Unless he absolutely wanted to get out of here, but I can't see that being the case. So let's take all this speculation now and end it right here please. Dan is not going anywhere."

You could infer from Fox remarks that perhaps Carthon wanted out. It was clear that he wanted more responsibility than he was getting in Detroit. With Parcells back in the game following a three-year absence it was a given that he would reach out to Carthon in some capacity. It is not thought that Detroit will receive any compensation for losing Carthon to the Cowboys.

If Detroit promotes from within, special assistant Sherman Lewis could move to offensive coordinator, a position he held with the Green Bay Packers.

Lions officials could not be reached for comment.

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