Cowboys fire OL coach Alexander after less than half season

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have fired offensive line coach Paul Alexander less than halfway into his first season with the team, marking the first time for coach Jason Garrett to make an in-season change to his coaching staff.

Alexander’s dismissal was announced Monday after the Cowboys (3-4) had their bye over the weekend. Alexander was an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals for 23 years before he was hired by Garrett last offseason.

Former Cowboys offensive lineman Marc Colombo, who had served as assistant offensive line coach since 2016, will take over as offensive line coach. The team also said former offensive line coach Hudson Houck was returning to work with Colombo and the offensive staff in an advisory role.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has already been sacked 23 times this season.