That was a busy couple of days, but now the weekend is here, and even new coach Wade Phillips is heading home.
He's got to clean out his office in San Diego, collect up a few things and get back to work, all over the weekend. He's also been working the phones.
"We might have to hurry to get him, although his momma could talk him into coming here," Phillips said.
Ted Cottrell is a highly respected defensive coordinator who was also mentioned as a head coach candidate for a few jobs over the years. He most recently was in Minnesota as their defensive coordinator before Brad Childress took over last year and he was let go. He was the DC for the Jets and the Bills (with Wade) before that, and could be a nice fit in Dallas. He already knows Phillips' version of the 3-4 and comes with a solid reputation.
"But I don't want a huge staff. Some teams are in the 20s and have two at every position. I want all of us to have a common goal and a common purpose. I think we can get it done. And they didn't have a huge staff here. It will be similar to what's been here."
The Cowboys had 14 coaches under contract last season, including Bill Parcells.
He wants a mix of new talent plus some coaches who have been with the team before.