Linebacker coach Reggie Herring did the expected on Thursday when he agreed to join former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips with the Houston Texans, a source said.
Phillips had requested to permission to interview Herring as soon as he was named defensive coordinator of the Texans. The Cowboys had initially denied the request.
But once new coordinator Rob Ryan took over with plans to bring in some of his own coaches, the Cowboys gave Herring permission to speak with the Texans.
He interviewed on Wednesday and has now accepted the position, though no formal announcement has been made.
The Cowboys now need to hire a wide receivers coach, a defensive line coach and a linebackers coach.
They interviewed former Broncos receivers coach Adam Gase on Monday.
Ryan could be bringing in several of his former assistants with the Browns. Defensive line coach Bryan Cox and linebackers coach Matt Eberflus are under contract with the Browns through 2011.
However, the Browns have yet to hire a new defensive coordinator. But the staff holdovers are not expected to be brought back once a new coordinator is in place, freeing them up to take jobs elsewhere.
The Browns plan to run a 4-3 defense under new head coach Pat Shurmur. Cox and blank are adept in the 3-4 scheme that Ryan will employ with the Cowboys.
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