When you list the things the Cowboys felt they needed to do to improve the team in the off-season after finishing 8-8 and out of the playoffs for the third straight year, revamping the staff and defensive philosophy trumped all, according to Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones.
“Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all on the staff,” Jones said. “But we were wanting to make a transition from our system, predominantly the defense. We had some guys to replace on offense. But predominantly changing the system was a big to-do. Jason has done a helluva job getting the staff put together and that was a big focal point.”
— Clarence Hill