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Cowboys To Announce 2011 Coaching Staff This Afternoon

The Cowboys will announce their complete 2011 assistant coaching staff this afternoon at the team's practice facility at Valley Ranch. Because the Cowboys' coaching moves have been spread out over a couple of week, perhaps the full scale of the changes has been somewhat overlooked in the process: Garrett has brought in six new coaches and promoted or extended the responsibilities of three more.

There aren't any surprises announcements expected, and it looks like Dave Campo and Brett Maxie could retain their jobs as coaches for the secondary, despite the Cowboys' recent reported interest in Ray Horton, who has since signed with the Cardinals.

We've profiled each new hire in detail over the previous days and weeks, so after the break you'll find a quick summary of all the moves we know of so far, as well as an overview of all the coaches on staff as it stands prior to the announcement.

New faces: Rob Ryan (defensive coordinator, joined from the Cleveland Browns), Brian Baker (defensive line, Panthers via UNC), Matt Eberflus (linebackers, Browns), Jimmy Robinson (wide receivers and assistant head coach, Packers) and Ben Bloom (defensive assistant, Browns) and Mike Woicik (strength and conditioning, Patriots).

Departures: Ray Sherman (wide receivers, destination unknown), Paul Pasqualoni (defensive line/ defensive coordinator, UConn), Reggie Herring (linebackers, Texans) and Joe Juraszek (strength and conditioning, leave of absence).

Internal moves and promotions: Like Todd Haley in 2006 and Sean Payton in 2005, John Garrett this year gets to add the title of passing game coordinator to his door at Valley Ranch - in addition to his title of tight ends coach. Hudson Houck is likely to get a similar title added to his door, he'll likely double as running game coordinator (like Tony Saparano before him in 2005 and 2006) and offensive line coach. David Moore from the DMN writes that Wes Phillips will stay in Dallas and take on a more active role in assisting Hudson Houck, probably in addition to his duties as offensive assistant.

Bobby King is the only member of the coaching staff whose role remains unclear, as the Cowboys hired Ben Bloom for basically the same job. Perhaps he'll focus more on his role as assistant linebacker coach.

The table below provides an overview of the Cowboys coaching staff, new coaches are highlighted in green, promotions in blue.

Offensive Coaches Defensive Coaches Specialty Coaches
Jimmy Robinson
Wide Receivers and Assistant Head Coach
Rob Ryan
Defensive Coordinator
Joe DeCamillis
Special Teams
John Garrett
Tight Ends and Passing Game Coordinator
Brian Baker
Defensive Line
Chris Boniol
Kicking Consultant
Hudson Houck
Offensive Line and Running Game Coordinator
Matt Eberflus
Mike Woicik
Strength & Conditioning
Skip Peete
Running Backs
Dave Campo
Tony Ollison
Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Wade Wilson
Brett Maxie
Secondary / Safeties
Todd Devers
Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Wesley Phillips
Offensive Assistant / Offensive Line Assistant
Bobby King
Assistant Linebackers /
Defensive Quality Control
Keith O'Quinn
Offensive Assistant / Quality Control
Benjamin Bloom
Defensive Assistant / Quality Control

Dan Pompei from the National Football Post reported some time ago that Jerry Jones was looking to put together a "super staff" for the 2011 season:

Word on the street is that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is planning on putting together a "super staff" of assistant coaches for the Cowboys next year, and is willing to pony up to get the best.

Given what you know about about the hires so far, did Jones get it done, and what's your confidence level in this new staff?

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