Former Cowboys' DC Stewart joins Eagles

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Eagles made it official Monday that former Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will be joining the club as a special assistant to the defense. We alerted you to this impending news Saturday, so it shouldn't come as a surprise.

"Brian Stewart brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our football club," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "He especially has a good understanding of the NFC East acquired during his time with the Cowboys. He'll be a nice addition to our coaching staff."

Reid was the offensive line coach at Northern Arizona when Stewart, 44, was playing cornerback there in the mid-80s. Stewart has remained close to Reid and Vikings head coach Brad Childress (the offensive coordinator on that N. Arizona staff) over the years. The Eagles acknowledged in a press release that Stewart would work primarily with the team's secondary. Stewart was the defensive coordinator in Dallas in 2007 and 2008, but he had his play-calling duties stripped midway through the '08 season. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, a longtime mentor and friend of Stewart's, fired him after the season.

Needless to say, Stewart has some extra incentive in at least two games in '09. The Eagles haven't said how long Stewart will be with the club. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has taken a leave of absence as he battles cancer and he's been replaced by secondary coach Sean McDermott on an interim basis.