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2/13/2007

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Cowboys Add 3 Assistant Coaches

Through the course of the day the Cowboys have inked (3) new assistants. The most notable of the additions is that of former Cowboys LB, Dat Nguyen. In addition, the Cowboys added WR/RB Coach Ray Sherman and Wes Phillips as Offensive Assistant Coach/Quality Control.

Let's examine how these three additions will help the Cowboys:

Dat Nguyen was one of the most productive MLBs the Cowboys have ever had and his instinct in the game was top-notch, his credentials provide instant credibility to the LBs coaching staff; moreover, this fuels excitement for fans everywhere. Nguyen is a proven player who has a lot of respect from players, the organization, fans and he'll bring his cerebral skills to the LB corps. The Dat Nguyen addition is solid, but offers somewhat of a speculative back-drop...was this a true Phillips addition or was this more of a parting recommendation from Parcells. Parcells knew Dat wanted to coach LBs, and he played 3-4 at A&M, so who knows. In any event, whether this is a Phillips plucking or a Parcells recommendation, I love it!

Ray Sherman is steal for us, Sherman has been credited with developing several solid WRs in the game today, such as Jerry Rice, Javon Walker, and Donald Driver to name a few. Sherman also helped Jerry Glanville install the highly explosive Run-And-Shoot with the Oilers and the Falcons. The addition of Sherman bodes very well for our current crop of WRs along with our young promising WRs like Hurd, Crayton, and Austin. Sherman brings a lot of proven experience.

2005-06: Wide Receivers, Tennessee Titans

2000-04: Wide Receivers, Green Bay Packers

1999: Offensive Coordinator, Minnesota Vikings

1998: Offensive Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers

1995-97: Quarterbacks, Minnesota Vikings

1994: Offensive Coordinator, New York Jets

1992-93: Wide Receivers, San Francisco 49ers

1991: Running Backs, San Francisco 49ers

1990: Assistant Head Coach/Offense, Atlanta Falcons

1989: Wide Receivers, Houston Oilers

1988: Running Backs, Houston Oilers

1986-87: Wide Receivers, University of Georgia

1982-85: Running Backs, Purdue

1981: Running Backs/Slot Backs, University of California

1978-80: Running Backs, Wake Forest

1976-77: Tight Ends, Michigan State

1975: Defensive Backs, University of California

1974: Graduate Assistant, San Jose State

Wes Phillips, has been hired on as Offensive Assistant Coach/Quality Control, he'll breakdown game footage and basically absorb the offensive schemes from Jason Garrett, a great opportunity for the young assistant.

These three additions are very solid in my opinion and it exhibits the know-how from Coach Phillips. Phillips is surrounding himself with a solid quality staff. I like the moves this team is doing, and as a fan the excitement is mounting exponentially.


The Cowboys are also looking to interview a few more possible assistants, according to the FWST:

"The Cowboys will also interview Oakland Raiders running backs coach Skip Peete, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and University of Virginia assistant head coach for offense/wide receivers coach John Garrett.

Peete joined the Raiders in 1998 as running backs coach. He is the brother of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete.

Garrett is the brother of Cowboys assistant Jason Garrett.

Inside linebackers coach Vincent Brown will not return to the Cowboys staff."

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