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The hiring of Monte Kiffin is very Cowboys-like

NS_29COWSAFTERNOONTWO16_20395751-620x549IRVING, Texas - According to new Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, the first person to contact him about the opening was not the head coach but Jerry Jones.

And if you are the Dallas Cowboys, this is the natural order of procession. The GM hires certain members of the staff, too. When your name is on the check, that's OK.

The person who should be most familiar with this pattern is Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

If you recall, back in early 2007 after Bill Parcells retired the first person Jerry sought was not the head coach but the offensive coordinator.

Jerry hired Coach Process away from the Miami Dolphins to be his offensive coordinator, specifically to call plays. A few weeks later Jerry hired Wade Phillips to run his 3-4 defense and be the head coach. Part of the interview included Jerry asking/telling Wade, "Will you be OK with Jason as your offensive coordinator?"

Wade wanted this job so badly he would agreed to Goofy the Dog calling plays.

For most other teams - like, roughly 31 one of them - the person in charge of hiring the assistant coaches falls to the head coach. Jason Garrett knew this when he took this job that he did not get to make all of those decisions.

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Of course he knew the order of things.

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