In One Year, Cowboys Exchange Entire Defensive Coaching Staff

Yesterday, the Titans announced that they have signed Cowboys safeties/secondary coach Brett Maxie as their secondary coach. This makes Maxie the third Cowboys assistant to leave Valley Ranch in the last week.

Maxie's move also marks the endpoint of a significant makeover of the Cowboys defensive coaching staff: In 12 months the Cowboys have exchanged 100% of their defensive coaching staff, from the defensive coordinator all the way down to the defensive assistant.

Less than two weeks ago, Jerry Jones hinted that coaching changes were imminent.

"We’ll give you better answers on that as we go over the next three weeks," owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. "That’s pretty much the way I’ll leave it."

The defensive overhaul means that the defensive coaching staff is effectively made up of assistants hand-picked by Rob Ryan, something that he had reportedly been pushing for since the end of the season. The moves also complete the transition from Wade Phillips' crew to Ryan's men.

No word yet on the three offensive assitant coaches whose contracts have expired, but Skip Peete (running backs), Wes Phillips (assistant offensive line) and Keith O’Quinn (offensive quality control/wide receivers) are all expected to return to the Cowboys.

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