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January 28, 2008

Filling out Phillips' staff or Garrett's?

Jerry Jones said last week that the three coaching opening would give Wade Phillips a chance to fill the defense with coaches in line with his philosophy.

But it looks more in more like the coaches the Cowboys have hired and are looking at are a better fit for a coaching staff under Jason Garrett _ the team’s supposed head coach in waiting.

The Cowboys have already hired offensive line coach Hudson Houck who was with the Cowboys when Garrett was a a backup quarterback and coached with Garrett in Miami.

They are looking at Dave Campo as secondary coach. Campo has no ties to Wade Phillips and no experience coaching the 3-4. But he  does know Garrett from his days as Cowboys assistant and head coach.

But the linchpin is the team’s interest in Dom Capers. Capers coached with Garrett in Miami. He was also expected to be Garrett’s defensive coordinator if he was named head coach in Baltimore.

He has no ties to Phillips. Now while he does run the 3-4, which is Phillips’ preferred defense, Capers’ style of 3-4 is different from the Phillips 3-4.

There is no question that the Cowboys could be hiring two good experienced coaches.

But is something else at work?

You connect the dots.

Clarence E. Hill Jr


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