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Cowboys Eyeing Sam Gash As Running Backs Coach

The Cowboys look to be close to filling another coaching vacancy by hiring Sam Gash, previously RB coach for the Detroit Lions.


Mutliple reporst in the Dallas media suggest the Cowboys are looking at former Lions running backs coach Sam Gash to fill their vacancy at running backs coach. Brandon George from the DMN writes that gash interviewed with Jason Garrett on Tuesday and that the interview went very well.

Gash's contract in Detroit ended after the season, and the Lions decided not to re-sign him. The Lions apparently came to the conclusion that they needed some new assistant coaches after they lost eight consecutive games and finished 4-12 in the fourth year of their head coach's tenure.

Gash spent the last six years with the Lions, five of which as the running backs coach. He joined the Lions in 2007 as an assistant special teams coach and moved up to running backs coach the next year. His first two years in Detroit overlapped with new Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who was the head coach in Detroit from 2006-08.

Gash had previously been the New York Jets' assistant running backs and assistant special teams coach from 2005-06. Prior to that, Gash was a fullback for three different NFL teams, the Patriots (1992-97), Bills (1998-99, 2003) and Ravens (2000-02). Gash was to two Pro Bowls in 1999 and 2000 and - cool factoid of the day - in 1999 became the first back ever selected to the Pro Bowl without recording a single rushing attempt.

Sam Gash's NFL coaching experience

Detroit Lions 2007-12
• Running Backs 2008-12
• Assistant Special Teams 2007

New York Jets 2005-06
• Asst. Special Teams/Asst. Running Backs

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