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Report: Cowboys O-line coach Frank Pollack not returning for 2018 season

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Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Frank Pollack will not be back with the team for the 2018 season, according to multiple reports.

Pollack has been with the Cowboys since signing on as an assistant offensive line coach in 2013. He took over as the team’s offensive line coach in 2015.

ESPN’s Todd Archer reports that Paul Alexander, who spent more than 20 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, is interviewing with the Cowboys as Pollack’s replacement. Tom Cable, who was fired by the Seattle Seahawks and was a college teammate of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, is also a candidate.

Assistant offensive line coach Marc Colombo, who played for the Cowboys from 2005-10, will also be in the mix.

Pollack joined the Cowboys in 2013 as Bill Callahan’s assistant offensive line coach. When Callahan left for the Washington Redskins in 2014, Garrett promoted Pollack, who is a stickler for details and technique.

Dallas was in the top 10 in rushing — including second in both 2016 and 2017 — in each of Pollack’s three seasons as the line coach.

During Pollack’s tenure, left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin made the Pro Bowl each season and all three were first-team All-Pro picks in 2016. Pollack also oversaw the move of La’el Collins from left guard to right tackle in 2017.

Cutting ties with Pollack will be the sixth change on head coach Jason Garrett’s staff since the season ended and perhaps the most significant, due to the Cowboys being a run-first team.

Pollack joins special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, secondary coach Joe Baker and tight ends coach Steve Loney as coaches not returning.

Bisaccia was named the special-teams coach with the Oakland Raiders, and Dooley became the offensive coordinator at Missouri. Loney is retiring, and Wilson and Baker had expiring contracts.

Running backs coach Gary Brown, whose contract ran out, also reportedly interviewed with the Raiders and has drawn interest from at least one more team. The Cowboys, however, want to keep Brown. Passing game coordinator/linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and secondary coach Greg Jackson also have expiring contracts.

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