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3 Cowboys Assistant Coaches Who Most Deserve to Be Fired

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 29: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore of the Dallas Cowboys on the sideline against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter of a NFL preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Not all is well in Jerry's world.

Now sitting at 6-6, the Dallas Cowboys are actually still in first place in the NFC East, but could be tied by the end of the weekend if the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Miami Dolphins. After starting 3-0, nobody saw this slide coming in Big D. The Cowboys have really fallen from grace, and though Jerry Jones insists that no coaching changes will be made this season, these three assistants under Jason Garrett have done enough to justify their removals in recent weeks.

1. Rod Marinelli, Defensive Coordinator

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 22:  Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Longtime defensive schemer Rod Marinelli has had a serviceable run in the NFL, but he's not getting the job done here and now. Dallas ranks 26th in the league in takeaways, and if you wish to contend in today's NFL, that is not going to cut it. Dallas' difficulty in stopping the run also reflects poorly on Marinelli, as they rank a mediocre 15th in rush yards per game allowed.

2. Greg Jackson, Safeties

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 29: A Dallas Cowboys helmet is pictured during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on September 29, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The Dallas secondary is a problem, and while All-Pro corner Byron Jones has regressed, the fault doesn't lie entirely with him. The Cowboys allow the 10th-most plays of 20+ yards allowed among NFL teams, which means that they love getting torched. The back end of their defense lacks direction and organization, and that ultimately rests with safeties coach Greg Jackson.

3. Kellen Moore, Offensive Coordinator

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 22:  Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Prior to Week 4, Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was dubbed the next Sean McVay. The best young offensive coordinator in the game. Blah, blah, blah. But fast-forwarding to today, the Boys are 3-6 in their last nine games. While they boast the NFL's No. 1 passing offense by yardage, it is their inability to score that hurts them. Their 25.8 points per game is misleading and skewed by blowout victories; when they need their offense the most, against Buffalo, New England, and New Orleans for example, the offense goes missing. And Ezekiel Elliott is in the midst of his worst stretch of his pro career.