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Friday, January 17, 2014
Wes Phillips leaves for Redskins

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will need a new tight ends coach.

Wes Phillips accepted an offer to become the tight ends coach of the Washington Redskins one day after interviewing for the position on Jay Gruden’s staff.

Phillips had been with the Cowboys since 2007 and finished his first season as tight ends coach. He joined the Cowboys as a quality control coach and worked with wide receivers and special teams. In 2011 he was named an assistant offensive line coach.

That the Cowboys allowed Phillips to interview with a division rival was a sign the Cowboys were ready to find a replacement.

The Cowboys could look in-house for a new coach with Keith O'Quinn, who has helped coach the wide receivers the past few seasons in addition to his offensive quality control work. Another possibility is Mike Pope, the long-time New York Giants tight ends coach who was let go this week. Pope is widely regarded as one of the best tight ends coaches in the NFL.