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Defensive head coaches taking control

Phillips, Smith, Ryan prefer not to delegate defensive responsibilities

Originally Published: October 6, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Since the Dallas Cowboys are the lone NFL franchise without at least a nominal defensive coordinator on the coaching staff, there is certainly no confusion about who presides over the in-game decisions regarding the unit's various alignments.

Which is fine with head coach Wade Phillips, who assumed the defensive play-calling duties from then-coordinator Brian Stewart after seven games in 2008, and with owner Jerry Jones unhappy over his team's 4-3 record at the time.

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