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Cowboys making D coaches interview again for jobs

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Ryan protests a penalty during their NFL football game against Washington Redskins in Landover Reuters

The Cowboys may be looking for more than just a defensive coordinator.

According to Calvin Watkins of, the Cowboys defensive coaches will have to interview with the new coordinator to keep their jobs.

The Cowboys are also open to letting the assistants under contract interview with other teams, according to the report.

Such moves speak to possibly changing from a 3-4 front to a 4-3, and also a desire to do something dramatic, even if it’s not the biggest priority.

The Cowboys defense was depleted by injuries, particularly at linebacker. But that apparently didn’t buy fired coordinator Rob Ryan, or his position coaches, any security.

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15 Responses to “Cowboys making D coaches interview again for jobs”
  1. dallasfan89 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:45 PM

    Hmmm…. Not sure where these moves are leading to.

  2. teal379 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:45 PM

    This team is more dysfunctional than Congress.

  3. acmepackers says: Jan 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    Every team gets hit with injuries — that’s NO excuse. Packers had some 15 or 16 guys on IR in 2010 and still won it all. You need to develop the entire roster, not just the starters.

  4. ttommytom says: Jan 9, 2013 4:54 PM

    None of this will fix Garrett’s penchant for horrible clock management.

    Same goes for Andy Reid.

    Remember when Eli would run out the play clock 5 times a game and then one day never again?

    Garrett and Reid never did learn from their mistakes or are unable to…

  5. hockeyfootball98 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    My guess is they are trying to to scrap the 3-4 and go back to a 4-3.The cowboys have tried this expirement for years now and just hasnt been that successful. With 3-4 it also limits the range of players you have to pick from especially at the linebacker position. Switch to 4-3 solely and Spencer becomes less of a priority which could save them cash to go after other needs. Just my two cents though.

  6. helloanybodyhome says: Jan 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    What owner gets involved in the head coaches business by hiring and firing the assistants…oh wait…
    So what kind of head coaching decisions does that leave Garrett to make?

  7. conormacleod says: Jan 9, 2013 4:58 PM

    Maybe Jerry is going to coach defense!

  8. sandiegoparrothead says: Jan 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    Hey Cowboys: Juan Castillo is still available

  9. itsnotforme says: Jan 9, 2013 5:02 PM

    Weak drafts with a poor GM will get you exactly were they are today. The poor coaches on this team are always the scape goats. Thanks Jerry…

  10. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    they are trying to catch the jets for the dysfunctional title

  11. dccowboy says: Jan 9, 2013 5:50 PM

    acmepackers says: Jan 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    Every team gets hit with injuries — that’s NO excuse. Packers had some 15 or 16 guys on IR in 2010 and still won it all. You need to develop the entire roster, not just the starters.


    I agree. But, it can become ‘ludicrous’. Does every team, during the course of a season, lose:

    Starting Strong Safety, Backup Safety
    Starting LDE, Back up LDE
    Starting NT, Backup NT, 3rd String NT
    Starting RDE
    Starting SILB
    Starting WILB, backup WILB, 3rd String WILB
    Starting LDE, backup LDE
    Starting WOLB playing with one arm
    Starting Free Safety playing hobbled


  12. larrybrown43 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:10 PM

    Darin Gantt,

    When you say “Cowboys”, I read Jerry Jones.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 9, 2013 6:17 PM

    Ryan out of excuses. At Cleveland the excuse was he didn’t have top rate talent on his defense which going to Dallas offered. Now it’s those injuries.

    NFL is a bottom line business.

  14. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Jan 9, 2013 7:04 PM

    Doesn’t matter what they do. They will never win another Super Bowl and Jerry Jones is a terrible owner. “Hey the team is terrible, but lets get some more big screens and better looking cheerleaders. That will get us a Super Bowl.”

  15. n0cusd says: Jan 10, 2013 11:53 AM

    This whole process made Garret look like a paper tiger…

    Players will respect the person(s) who can fired them.

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