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.
The Cowboys have made Rob Ryan's hiring official, announcing in a press release that they have hired him as defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys had interviewed Stanford assistant Vic Fangio and 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, but both took positions elsewhere. Paul Pasqualoni, who ran the Cowboys defense the last eight games of the season, became Connecticut's head coach.
Ryan interviewed with Jason Garrett on Friday and was hired over the weekend.
The Cowboys defense set team records for most yards allowed, passing yards allowed, touchdowns allowed and points allowed.
Ryan, the twin brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan and the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan, has 24 years of coaching experience, including 13 years in the NFL. He has spent the previous seven years as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08) and Cleveland Browns (2009-10). He also has four years of experience heading up defenses at the collegiate level.
Rob Ryan arrived at Valley Ranch on Wednesday morning, looking like he's ready for work. The Cowboys have not officially announced Ryan's hiring, but sources have said an agreement has been reached for Ryan to become the team's defensive coordinator.
Ryan first will put together his defensive staff. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring is in Houston, interviewing for a position on the Texans' staff. He is expected to leave. Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni was named the University of Connecticut's head coach last week.
The Browns are expected to allow defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and defensive line coach Bryan Cox to leave. They served under Ryan in Cleveland the past two years.
Cowboys linebackers coach Reggie Herring is interviewing in Houston today and is expected to be named the Texans new linebackers coach sometime this week. The Cowboys gave Herring, who is under contract for 2011, permission to interview with the Texans. Houston hired former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator last week.
Texans offensive assistant Bruce Matthews is back in his office in Houston and is not commenting on his visit to Valley Ranch on Monday. Matthews interviewed for the Cowboys' newly created position of assistant offensive line coach. Former Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell had a follow-up interview for the position yesterday.
The Cowboys still have several openings, including defensive line and receivers. The Browns are expected to allow defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and defensive line coach Bryan Cox to leave. They served under Rob Ryan in Cleveland the past two years. Ryan will be the Cowboys' new defensive coordinator, though his hiring has not been made official yet.
Broncos receivers coach Adam Gase interviewed with Jason Garrett on Monday to replace Ray Sherman, whose contract was not renewed.
What first started out as a hypothetical on local ESPN radio turned into a quasi story when when ESPN-Dallas reported a member of the Cowboys front offce saying he would think about trading rookie receiver Dez Bryant if they got a first round pick in return.
Well, if you know anything about the Cowboys then you know the only opinions that count in the front office are from owner Jerry Jones and vice-president Stephen Jones.
Those two men have no thoughts or intentions of moving Bryant.
When asked about the report about Bryant, Stephen Jones sent a reply back saying it was "totally wrong."
And why would they trade Bryant even for a first round pick?
For all the trouble he supposedly caused last season _ at least that's of the point of view of former receiver Patrick Crayton whose shots at Bryant during a radio interview set the wheels in motion for the embellished trade talk _ Bryant is an unquestioned game breaker.
Despite an injured plagued season that began him slowed by an ankle sprain in training camp and ended with him missing the last four games with a broken ankle, he still caught 45 passes for 561 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. He scored two more touchdowns on punt returns.
For the doom and gloom at Valley Ranch during the team's 6-10 season, Bryant was easily one of the few bright spots.
The Cowboys need to acquire more talent. But they don't need to get rid of any young talent that is as good and as promising as any in the league.
Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews is interviewing with the Cowboys for a newly created position of assistant offensive line coach. It is the same position former Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell interviewed for last week. Campbell will return Tuesday to meet with line coach Hudson Houck, who is expected to have his duties expanded to include running game coordinator.
Matthews played for Houck at USC. He has been an offensive assistant with the Texans the past two seasons. The Texans gave permission for Matthews to interview with the Cowboys.
Matthews has made his home in Houston ever since his playing days with the Oilers. His son, Jake Matthews, started at right tackle for Texas A&M as a freshman this season.
The Cowboys granted linebackers coach Reggie Herring permission to interview with the Texans. Herring, who tentatively is scheduled to be in Houston on Tuesday, is expected to join former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips with the Texans. Phillips was hired as the Texans defensive coordinator last week.
The Cowboys initially denied the Texans permission to interview Herring, but new Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan likely has a linebackers coach in mind. Matt Eberflus was his linebackers coach in Cleveland the past two years.
The Cowboys still need a defensive line coach, with Paul Pasqualoni having become the University of Connecticut's head coach last week. Bryan Cox was Ryan's defensive line coach for two seasons in Cleveland.
Dallas also needs a receivers coach, having decided not to bring back Ray Sherman, whose contract expires at the end of the league year.
After seeing three defensive coordinator candidates take jobs elsewhere, Garrett interviewed Rob Ryan and didn’t let him get away.
According to multiple sources, Ryan, the former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator, has been tabbed to run the Cowboys defense.
The Cowboys interviewed Stanford coordinator Vic Fangio last Monday and then San Francisco 49ers coordinator Greg Manusky on Wednesday. But both took positions with the 49ers and the San Diego Chargers as expected respectively,
Paul Pasqualoni, who ran the Cowboys defense the last eight games of the season, went back to the college game as the Connecticut head coach.
And that’s when the Cowboys turned to Ryan, who came in on Friday for a whirlwind interview process.
And while it seems that the colorful Ryan, who is every bit the twin brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan and son of ex-Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan, is an odd coupling with the button-downed and Ivy league educated Garrett, it might be the perfect pairing.
"Every other word from Ryan is a curse word," a source said. "But he might be what they need to get the guys going and bring a fire to their defense."
Garrett preached to his players all season about playing with passion. Well Ryan coaches with passion and it's needed to jump start a Cowboys defense that was arguably the worst in franchise history last season.
The Cowboys set team records for yards allowed, passing yards allowed, touchdowns allowed and points scored.
Also key to the pairing is Ryan’s experience. Ryan has seven years of NFL coordinator experience with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08) and the last two years with the Browns.
Considering that Garrett is a first time head coach, it was important that the hire a coordinator who wasn’t calling defensive plays for the first time.
Ryan runs the 3-4 defense that the Cowboys employ.
Ryan also has experience working with conservative and understated head coaches like Patriots boss Bill Belichick, when he was the linebacker coach, and Eric Mangini, his head coach in Cleveland.
The Cowboys had asked the Pittsburgh Steelers for permission to speak with secondary coach Ray Horton about the job. But Horton, a member of the Cowboys 1992 Super Bowl title team, would not be available for interview until after the Steelers were out of the playoffs or the week preceding the Super Bowl.
Cowboys assistant coach John Garrett, who interviewed for the Dolphins offensive coordinator position, confirmed he is staying with the Cowboys. Garrett will remain as the team's tight ends coach, a position he has held the past four seasons, and he also will coordinate the passing game.
Jason Garrett, John's brother, will have the dual role of head coach and offensive coordinator. Offensive line coach Hudson Houck could become the running game coordinator.
The Cowboys still are negotiating with Rob Ryan to make him the defensive coordinator. Ryan, the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, has been the Browns defensive coordinator the past two seasons.
Rob Ryan spent a considerable part of the day in Dallas Cowboys offices interviewing for the open defensive coordinator position, and time spent should equate to getting a job.
The Cowboys obviously liked what they heard from the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator. Foxsports.com reported Friday evening that the Cowboys have begun formal negotiations to offer Ryan a job.
The Star-Telegram confirmed that there have been negotiations although no deal has been reached.
Ryan, who spent at least six hours at Valley Ranch -- which is longer than previous candidates, was seen in the hallways several times, including twice with head coach Jason Garrett, who was likely escorting him to meet other Cowboys officials. They did not, however, stop to make comments.
The Cowboys may feel like they need to make a quicker decision on Ryan. Two candidates for the job already have taken other positions and a third seems close.
San Francisco 49ers assistant Greg Manusky, who interviewed in Irving on Wednesday, accepted the job as San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator on Friday.
Paul Pasqualoni, who was the Cowboys defensive coordinator the last eight games of the season, returned to college coaching when he accepted the head coaching job at the University of Connecticut on Thursday.
And Stanford assistant Vic Fangio, who interviewed with the Cowboys earlier this week, is apparently going to follow Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers
The Cowboys have received permission to speak with Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton, but he may not be interviewed if a deal is reached with Ryan.
Ryan is part of the colorful football family led by father Buddy and twin brother Rex, the coach of the New York Jets.
Rob has coached in the NFL for 12 years, the last two in Cleveland. He also was the Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator for five years.