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ESPN reports Tony Sparano got a promotion, an extension and a raise (probably). I have to admit, I know very little about Tony Sparano. Sean Payton wanted him and Parcells obviously wanted him. So that says something about him. ESPN states his reputation is on the rise in the NFL.

Sparano, 44, is regarded in league circles as an emerging young talent. The seven-year league veteran is in his fourth season with the Cowboys, having been hired by Parcells in 2003. Before that, he was an assistant on coaching staffs at Cleveland (1999-2000), Washington (2001) and Jacksonville (2002).

Sparano and Chris Palmer have worked together before.

Sparano will be reunited on the Dallas staff this year with recently-hired quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer. Sparano was an assistant coach on Palmer's staffs at New Haven and with the Cleveland Browns, and the two have remained close friends.

I don't know what it all means. There isn't an open-door policy for talking to coaches on Parcells' staff. It took Payton going to New Orleans for me to actually hear him speak. I probably couldn't pick out most of the coaches in a line-up. Then again, none of that matters to me as long as they win.

Speaking of Cowboys' coaches, we found out yesterday Freddie Kitchens is our new TE coach. But what is interesting to me is another guy Parcells interviewed. According to this article, Parcells brought in a local Texas high school coach for an interview.

Southlake Carroll coach Todd Dodge said he interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys about their tight ends coaching job this week.


"I appreciated him thinking of me," said Dodge, whose team was named the mythical national champions the past two seasons. "On a random winter day, I got a call from one of the legends in coaching. I was very flattered."

Carroll has used a spread offense, which does not employ a tight end, to go 63-1 and win three Class 5A Division II state titles over the past four seasons. Carroll set a 5A record with 764 points last season.

Interesting that Parcells would interview a high-school who had no NFL aspirations. I wonder what the story is behind that. Turns out Vincent Brown - just hired to coach the ILB's -  made the jump from high-school ball, but at least he played for Parcells in the NFL. Anyway, I have no real point here, except that Parcells runs a tight ship his way, and we can only observe from afar.

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