New Chargers coach Norv Turner said he wants to retain all the current assistant coaches, but Pagano and Stewart are trying to get released from their contracts.
If Stewart is allowed out of his contract, Phillips would hire him as the defensive coordinator in Dallas.
Phillips said he likes Cowboys' secondary coach Todd Bowles, who could become the defensive coordinator.
But Stewart's familiarly with Phillips' 3-4 defense allows the Cowboys to make a smooth transition from the way ex-Cowboys coach Bill Parcells ran his defense.
OK, I get Brian Stewart for the DC, but what are they going to do with John Pagano? We already have an assistant LB's coach and quality control coach - Dat Nguyen. Is he going to be the special teams coach?