But here's another possible twist: Cottrell, 59, and a 23-year NFL veteran, could actually succeed Phillips as the San Diego defensive coordinator, rather than join him on the Dallas staff. The departure of Manusky to San Francisco means that Schottenheimer has no heir apparent to Phillips. And few guys currently available possess the degree of expertise that Cottrell has with the 3-4 front, which the Chargers aren't about to abandon. So one way or another, the move of Phillips could pave the way for Cottrell, one of the NFL's really good guys over the past two decades, to get back into coaching in 2007.
And while we're talking about assistant coaches, what about Tony Sparano? More Lenny P.
Todd Archer has more on Sparano, here.
The competition had quarterbacks throwing at stationary targets from different distances and on the run. Romo's golf game must have come in handy, I'd guess.
The competition will be shown during halftime of Pro Bowl and after the game on NFL Network.
"He's a player's coach. He knows how to utilize everyone's ability and get the most out of them. I've never been around a coach like that before. I know he's going to do a good job in Dallas because Wade is a great coach and they have a lot of talent."