Cowboys officially announce Derek Dooley as receivers coach
The 60-year-old Jimmy Robinson was the Dallas Cowboys’ receivers coach for two seasons. Despite the Dallas Cowboys’ repeat of .500 winning season, Jimmy Johnson was credited with the development of wide receiver, Dez Bryant. The third-year pro Dez Bryant had a breakout season amassing 92 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.
Jimmy Robinson will remain with the Dallas Cowboys as a senior coaching consultant.
That leaves only two openings on the Dallas Cowboys offensive coaching staff – under running backs coach and tight ends coach.
Derek Dooley coached three-years at Tennessee before he was fired last November after the Volunteers went 15-21 under him through three losing seasons. Derek Dooley’s tenure at Tennessee was highlighted by quarterback Tyler Bray’s 69 touchdown passes, as well as a helping him towards a Volunteers record for highest completion percentage in a game.
Before that Derek Dooley coached at Louisiana Tech, where the Bulldogs were 17-20 under his tutelage. Louisiana Tech won its’ first bowl in 30 years after Derek Dooley helped the Bulldogs attain the Independence Bowl title in 2008.
Derek Dooley has old ties with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, with whom, he served as an assistant coach on Nick Saban’s coaching staff with the Miami Dolphins. Derek Dooley spent two years as a receivers coach besides Jason Garret, who served as the Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach back then.
Nick Saban also hired Derek Dooley as his recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach for two seasons at LSU, before promoting him to running backs coach and special teams coordinator for the Tigers.
Derek Dooley also has playing experience at college level, as a receiver at Virginia. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Georgia in 1996; holding the position for only a single year. Subsequently Derek Dooley jumped to a receivers coaching opportunity and co-recruiting duties at SM, where he remained for two years.
The recent hiring puts Dallas Cowboys’ count of current assistant coaches with prior college or NFL head coaching experience to four. Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rob Marinell was a head coach with the Detroit Lions from 2006-08 and current defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was a head coach at North Carolina State in the early 80’s. Meanwhile, Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan has both NFL and college head coaching experience – with the Oakland Raiders (2002-03) and University of Nebraska (2004-07.)