Dallas Cowboys: Houston Nutt

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.

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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.

Cowboys meet with Houston Nutt

January, 17, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- As the Cowboys ponder more moves on their coaching staff, they have met with former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt about possibly joining the staff, according to sources.

The only current position open on the offensive side of the ball is running backs after Skip Peete was fired shortly after the season following a six-year run with the team.

Nutt was head coach at Arkansas from 1998-2007 and has obvious ties with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. From 2008-11, he was the head coach at Ole Miss. He was a three-time Southeastern Conference coach of the year and had a 135-96 record.

He does not have any NFL experience.

Meet the new tackle: Jermey Parnell

October, 14, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys added another offensive tackle to the roster on Thursday in signing Jermey Parnell off the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

Coach Wade Phillips said Parnell is athletic and a big guy who can move well.

The signing of Parnell gives the Cowboys six tackles on the 53-man roster: Doug Free, Alex Barron, Marc Colombo, Robert Brewster, Sam Young and Parnell.

Even though the Cowboys have 53 men on the roster, wide receiver Jesse Holley has worked with the first-team special teams units and could get moved from the practice squad to the active roster on Friday.

If that happens the Cowboys have to release someone.

Parnell's road to the Cowboys is interesting.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Parnell played only one season of football at Ole Miss and was a defensive end that year. He played four seasons for Ole Miss' basketball team.

"Houston Nutt came to me and was like 'I understand you like basketball.' But football is my sport," said Parnell, who hadn't played basketball since junior high school. "So after basketball season was over with I tried out for football and it worked out for me ever since."

After his college eligibility was up, Parnell received offers to play basketball in Korea and after a talk with his mother, elected to try football.

Parnell was on the practice squad for the New Orleans Saints, with whom he signed as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. He was released by the Saints on Sept. 4 and immediately claimed by the Miami Dolphins, who released him Sept. 25 of this year. Parnell resigned with the Saints' practice squad on Sept. 28.

Now he's in Dallas and had only two bags of luggage with him, including a suit which he crammed into one of the bags.

"Man, I was a little shocked, really shocked Dallas was interested in me," he said. "I'm happy to be here and I'm ready to get to work."