Cowboys secondary coach Joe Whitt away from team due to "private health matter"


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys secondary coach and passing game coordinator Joe Whitt is away from the team while he addresses "a private health matter," the team announced in a statement on Tuesday.

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Whitt has still been able to participate in meetings despite being away from the team.

Whitt met with the media after Tuesday's practice and said, "I'm good." He added that he can't be on the field because he can't risk being hit due to a medical issue.

Whitt, a 15-year NFL coaching veteran, was with Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy in Green Bay from 2008-2018 in various positions. He spent the majority of his time with the Packers as the cornerbacks' coach. Whitt was named defensive passing game coordinator in 2018, before leaving Green Bay to take over as the Cleveland Browns secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator in 2019.

Whitt then took over the same job in Atlanta in 2020, where the Falcons ranked last in the NFL in passing yards surrendered, and in the bottom 10 in opponents' quarterback rating, opponents completion percentage, and opponents' passing touchdowns.

Whitt then followed Quinn to Dallas in 2021 and is entering his second season with the organization this year.