Cowboys Hire Brian Schottenheimer As New Offensive Coordinator

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The Dallas Cowboys have filled the offensive coordinator opening with a familiar face.

On Saturday, the team announced Brian Schottenheimer will be joining Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff. The 49-year-old joined the Cowboys in 2022 as an offensive consultant before receiving the promotion to offensive coordinator.

Schottenheimer is the son of football legend Marty Schottenheimer, who spent 21 seasons as an NFL head coach from 1984 to 2006. During that time, Marty coached four teams and won 200 games; the eighth-most in NFL history.

McCarthy has ties to the Schottenheimer family. Mike’s first NFL coaching gig was in 1993 with the Kansas City Chiefs when he was hired by Marty as the team’s quality-control coach. McCarthy spent six seasons under Marty and was eventually elevated to quarterbacks coach.

Here’s what McCarthy had to say about Brian being named offensive coordinator:

“I am very happy to have Brian take on this key role with our team. He has been an important part of our staff already and has a great grasp of where we are and where we want to go.”

“Brian has an exceptionally strong foundation, history and relationships beyond his time here that translate very well into understanding what our approach to operating and executing will be for the future. This will be an exciting and efficient transition for us that I am confident will help yield the growth and results we all want and expect.”

Brian Schottenheimer resume

The 2023 season will be Schottenheimer’s 23rd year in the NFL, and he’s got experience in the college ranks, too. Here’s a look at Brian’s previous stops:

  • 1997: St. Louis Rams offensive assistant
  • 1998: Kansas City Chiefs offensive assistant
  • 1999: Syracuse wide receivers coach
  • 2000: USC tight ends coach
  • 2001: Washington quarterbacks coach
  • 2002-2005: San Diego Chargers offensive assistant
  • 2006-2011: New York Jets offensive coordinator
  • 2012-2014: Rams offensive coordinator
  • 2015: Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach
  • 2016-2017: Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach
  • 2018-2020: Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator
  • 2021: Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator
  • 2022: Cowboys offensive consultant

Schottenheimer has worked for an impressive list of NFL head coaches, including: Pete Carroll, Jeff Fisher, Dick Vermeil, Rex Ryan, and his father Marty.

The peak of Brian’s coaching career was spent with the Seahawks. He worked with Carroll and Russell Wilson for three seasons, and Schottenheimer’s offense never averaged less than 25 points per game in a given season.

But isn’t Mike McCarthy calling plays?

Last week at the Senior Bowl, Jerry Jones confirmed McCarthy will be the offensive play caller in 2023. But that doesn’t make offensive coordinator an obsolete role for the Cowboys.

In the week between games, McCarthy’s role as head coach makes it impossible for him to solely focus on working with the offense. That’s where Schottenheimer will step in to implement specific game plans depending on who Dallas faces that week. Brian will run practice for the offense and work closely with McCarthy leading up to gameday. 

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