Dallas Cowboys: Steve Hoffman

So what's next for the Cowboys' coaches

January, 18, 2013
The Cowboys finalized the hiring of Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach Friday, beginning a trickle-down effect for the rest of the defensive coaching staff.

Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher joins Ben and Skin in studio to talk about his famous response to the leadership question the last time he was on the show, his development as a player, the transition to Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 defense and much more.

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With Marinelli on board to coach the defensive line, Brian Baker's time with the Cowboys appears to be over.

The defensive coaching staff will have some familiar faces in 2013, with Jerome Henderson (secondary) and Matt Eberflus (linebackers) returning to the coaching staff. If Rob Ryan becomes the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, it will be interesting to see if he tries to hire Eberflus. But the Cowboys might block any potential move by Eberflus.

The offensive coaching staff still needs some work. Skip Peete, the Cowboys' former running backs coach, has been hired in Chicago, and the Cowboys have yet to hire a replacement.

Former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt interviewed with the Cowboys this week for an offensive position, maybe the running backs job or possibly the tight ends gig. Tim Spencer, who was released of his duties in Chicago this week, is a possibility. Anthony Lynn, a former Cowboys coach now with the New York Jets, has one year remaining on his contract. The Cowboys have tried to hire Lynn in the past, but the Jets have not allowed them to interview him.

John Garrett is still employed at Valley Ranch as the tight ends coach, but he applied for a head coaching job at Delaware and didn't get an interview. Dave Brock, an assistant coach at Rutgers, took the job Friday.

There are rumors Garrett might not return in 2013. If Garrett leaves, there's a chance Mike Tice, the former offensive coordinator in Chicago, could take the position.

The Cowboys also need to hire a special teams coach to replace Joe DeCamillis, who took that position in Chicago and was also named assistant head coach.

Steve Hoffman, a former Cowboys kicking coach, is free after his time in Kansas City ended in 2012. Rich Bisaccia, the San Diego Chargers' special teams coach the last two seasons, who also worked in Tampa Bay when Monte Kiffin was there, could be considered.

Oakland a homecoming for several coaches

August, 13, 2012

FREMONT, Calif. – The Cowboys kick off the preseason tonight against Oakland in what will be a return to familiar territory for some coaches and a wonder of what could have been for one more.

Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan was the Raiders' head coach from 2002-03, taking Oakland to its most recent Super Bowl trip.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was Oakland’s defensive coordinator from 2004-08. Skip Peete coached the Raiders running backs from 1998-2006 and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson ended his playing career with the Raiders in 1998-99.

New Raiders coach Dennis Allen wanted to bring Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis with him to Oakland, but the Cowboys denied permission for an interview to take place. Instead, Allen hired former Cowboys kicking coach Steve Hoffman.

Callahan is looking forward to going back, but isn't making too big a deal about it.

“I think I’ve been back there three times with the Jets,” Callahan said. “You play so many games in the league. I’ve been fortunate to be in this league for a number of years now, so you’re in the AFC and those are crossover games you get just about every year. I felt comfortable going back. It’s great to go back. I have a lot of friends back there. It’s just another team, another faceless object when you’re on the other side of the ball.”