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Cowboys close to hiring Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator

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The Dallas Cowboys are closing in on filling yet another hole on their coaching staff.

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are close to naming Rich Bisaccia as the team’s new special teams coordinator.

Bisaccia was hired by Auburn University less than three weeks ago to serve as assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator under new head coach Gus Malzahn. Bisaccia has spent the last two seasons as the special teams coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.

Per George, the Cowboys also interviewed former Buffalo Bills special teams coach Bruce DeHaven and former Tennessee Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry for the job. Both have previously coached for the Cowboys.

Prior to his time in San Diego, Bisaccia served as special teams coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2010. It’s yet another coach from the Jon Gruden coaching tree to end up in Dallas this off-season. Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and Bisaccia have all served on Gruden’s staffs in the past. Bisaccia also coached with Kiffin and Marinelli with the Buccaneers.

Maybe there’s nothing to read into all the connections to Gruden showing up in Dallas but it’s enough to at least raise an eyebrow and wonder if Jerry Jones may be targeting Gruden as a potential replacement for Jason Garrett, either this off-season or next.

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19 Responses to “Cowboys close to hiring Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator”
  1. redfield11 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:17 AM

    Wasn’t San Diego’s special teams play absolutely abysmal once sproles left? When I guy goes from special teams coordinator to out of NFL entirely you have to have some concern.

  2. purplesane says: Jan 24, 2013 1:04 AM

    The Cowboys do as the Cowboys do…Same old stuff but with a different drama. They don’t win game; however, they make for great entertainment.

  3. moturnovers24 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:19 AM

    For the love of god get on with firing Jason Garrett and hire chuckie and get it over with Jerry

  4. craigmaitland says: Jan 24, 2013 1:22 AM

    As a cowboy fan I feel as though my fan hood is being tested… Chargers special teams single handedly lost them games… USCs defence was hideous… Callahan calling plays… Just a disaster… Maybe they are setting up to clown for clowney.

  5. hockeyfan28 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:37 AM

    Knowing how strange things are in Dallas watch Garrett win the division.

  6. enrifer says: Jan 24, 2013 1:53 AM

    Nope, he’s the coach that replaced the bad special teams coach San Diego had, he got let go because of the new coach

  7. ambitoos says: Jan 24, 2013 2:03 AM

    Bisacchia was a good coordinator in San Diego. He saved the special team play from the old guy they had. The only reason he’s gone is McCoy wanted his own guy. You can’t blame assistant coaches from Turners regime. AJ Smith just couldn’t do the job he was hired to do.

  8. losangeleschargers17 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:26 AM

    2 contracts in one month way to represent your name “Rich”

  9. onebucplace says: Jan 24, 2013 2:36 AM

    Monte Kiffin was not part of the Gruden tree of coaches, Kiffin came in with Dungy and stayed as the Bucs D-coordinator. When he left to go work with his son the Bucs fired Gruden since Kiffin was the only thing the team had going for it. Still sad the Bucs didn’t do any and everything they had to in order to get Kiffin to come back, he is the best defensive coordinator in my lifetime.

  10. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:00 AM

    WOW Who would of thought that this move would put them over the top. championship. NOT.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. pftb1ows says: Jan 24, 2013 7:06 AM

    purplesane says:Jan 24, 2013 1:04 AM

    The Cowboys do as the Cowboys do…Same old stuff but with a different drama. They don’t win game; however, they make for great entertainment.
    ——————————

    You are a tool.

  12. blatphar says: Jan 24, 2013 7:16 AM

    Who cares what kind of coach the Bisaccia is, he seems like a complete slime-ball to leave Auburn after only 3 weeks for the same position with the Cowboys. I’m sure money was a factor, but damn…3 weeks??? You couldn’t honor your contract for at least a year and then try to get back in the NFL? With his lack of commitment, he’ll never get a head coaching job he’s been seeking in the NFL.

  13. tigrrrr says: Jan 24, 2013 7:21 AM

    Wont help…its the cowboys!

  14. facethefloor says: Jan 24, 2013 7:25 AM

    It seems the only piece missing from the Tampa super bowl staff is Gruden. This thing could get really interesting.

  15. bminder1972 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:05 AM

    As a former cowboys fan it’ll never work.you really think gruden & jerry could coexist? Not a chance. As much as id love to see it, it would be a disaster. Id still watch those 2 years tho, till gruden goes chuckie on jerry!!! As long as jerry is the g.m. the team won’t go anywhere, as he is a bigger hinderance than a help.

  16. raiderapologist says: Jan 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    Gruden already has experience with a meddling owner that makes all the coaching and personnel decisions.

  17. eagles512 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:02 AM

    I don’t like jones but I can’t imagine someone who wants to win so badly would be slowly setting up a staff for 2014.

  18. petedutcher says: Jan 24, 2013 11:38 PM

    And in a surprise move, Jerry announces Tony Dungy as the new head coach of the cowboys…

    But seriously…I wish Rich would return to Tampa. The man knows his stuff.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 25, 2013 7:29 PM

    The big Buccaneers reunion will be complete next season when Jerry replaces Garrett with Gruden.

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