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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
A column on Jerry's '07 coaching search

By Dan Graziano

In the aftermath of the Saints' thrilling Super Bowl win over the Colts, it's time to point out that Bill Parcells put together a pretty talented coaching staff in Dallas. Unfortunately, owner Jerry Jones let most of those coaches leave the building. That's the topic of my weekly column on

Jones identified some excellent head-coaching candidates in 2007. But are most of you guys convinced that he chose the right man in Wade Phillips? It's pretty remarkable to see how successful the members of Parcells' staff have been.

And if you read the column, you'll also find out the back story on how Payton nearly became head coach of the Raiders in 2004. Not taking that job was probably one of the best decisions of Payton's career. By the way, I had a chance to visit with's Peter King on 103.3 FM ESPN earlier this afternoon. He had some great insight on what led Payton to pull the trigger on the onside kick to begin the second half.

I'll try to track down the podcast and get it to you tomorrow.