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Cowboys fill open spot for defensive line coach

The Cowboys hired Todd Grantham to replace Kacy Rodgers as defensive line coach.

Grantham, 41, had been Cleveland's defensive coordinator from 2005 to '07 and spent the three previous years coaching Houston's defensive line, giving him six years of experience in a 3-4 scheme.

"Todd is an outstanding person and coach," Phillips said. "His familiarity with many of the things we do up front was important, but his experience as a coordinator is what elevated him in our eyes. He knows and understands how one position group on the defense affects everything else that goes on in the scheme. You can only gain that type of knowledge of the big picture by actually creating a game plan and coordinating a defense, and I think it’s a huge plus."

Hat tip to DaveTroll for posting the news in this diary.