Jason Garrett likes Dave Campo, but he also likes Ray Horton. With a chance to add a good football coach, Garrett went after Horton, then a Steelers assistant, all while assuring Campo he would be part of the Cowboys for 2011.
Horton, a former Cowboys defensive back who played for Campo, ended up going to the Cardinals as their defensive coordinator. And Campo retained his job as defensive backs coach.
“Really the thought process was about Ray Horton, and just like we did with [new receivers coach] Jimmy Robinson, we felt like Ray Horton was the kind of guy we wanted to talk to, to see if we could fit him into our organization some way," Garrett said. "And they [the Steelers] kept winning, so that conversation got delayed, but I played with Ray with the Cowboys here in the ‘90s. He’s been an outstanding coach with Pittsburgh the last seven or eight years and been a big part of what they have done defensively. So I was very clear with Camps, I said, 'You’re going to be here. We want you here. I’m not positive what your role’s going to be right now.'
"Then I had a chance to visit with Ray after their season ended, and he had the opportunity to go to Arizona and he took it. We decided we just wanted to be exactly like we were on the back end. I have great faith in Dave Campo. He’s been an outstanding coach in this league for a long time and he’s a great person.”
Campo said last week he was not bothered by Garrett's pursuit of Horton, because Garrett communicated with him throughout the process.
-- Charean Williams