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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Changes To Coaching Roles Looming?

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Coordinator switches could be in the works for the Cowboys, the absence of an extension for Garrett continues to be debated, and the Cowboys probably won't be on Hard Knocks in 2014.

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Garrett says Cowboys feel good about 'under contract' Callahan and Kiffin, but doesn't promise same roles - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin will stay with the Cowboys, but Jason Garrett wouldn't promise they would return in the same roles they held last season.

"We’ll keep looking at how we can be better as a staff and what roles everybody’s in and what we’re asking them to do," Garrett said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. "But those guys are really good football coaches."

"Those guys are under contract. We feel good about that," he said. "We’re always going to try to do things that are in the best interest of our football team. … We’ll keep looking at what everyone’s roles are and however it settles down."

Dallas Cowboys coordinators back, but changes likely - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Based on the comments of Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, Watkins speculates that Kiffin could stay on the staff as a consultant, while Rod Marinelli is elevated to defensive coordinator. He also wonders whether someone else could take over playcalling duties from Callahan, though Callahan might retain the title of offensive coordinator.

Coordinator switches can come at any time - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer wonders if a change on the offensive side of the ball could simply be about Garrett taking back playcalling duties from Callahan, and offers both Marinelli and LB coach Matt Eberflus as options for defensive coordinator.

Jerry Jones right to stick with Kiffin as Cowboys DC -Sporting News
Vinnie Iyer offers a take on the coaching situation that does not echo the prevailing narrative.

Everyone expected Jones to have a quick trigger. But he's trying to show patience in the right areas, and by sticking with Kiffin and his Tampa 2 savvy, a healthier roster that's bound to be improved in the offseason gives the Cowboys a better chance to make their defense work than starting fresh again with another coordinator.


Jerry Jones in 'no rush' to extend Cowboys coach Jason Garrett's contract | DMN
This article appears to simultaneously complain about A) the fact that Garrett's contract hasn't yet been extended, and B) the fact that Garrett is still under contract at all.

Jason Garrett not concerned about extension - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins plays through what a scenario could look like in which Garrett does receive an extension:

Garrett however, would have to convince Jones he needs a contract extension during the season. For that to happen, the Cowboys would have to get off to a strong start, but the way things have gone for this franchise, losing in a win-or-go home game the past three seasons, it's doubtful Jones would extend Garrett before the end of the 2014 season.

So Garrett must work under these conditions and hope his team responds to the challenge of reaching the postseason.


Jason Garrett says team still supports Josh Brent - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas

"Our support for Josh has been unwavering since the start of this thing and that simply continues," Garrett said from the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. "Obviously a very tragic situation for Jerry Brown and his family and for Josh Brent. This is a process you go through and we're supportive of him and were just hopeful the outcome is something that’s certainly justified and allows him to continue on with his life. It's a very tragic situation and that hasn't changed."

Bigger Than Football: Cowboys’ Lee Attends Brent Trial - Mike Fisher, CBS DFW
Lee attended Tuesday’s closing arguments in a Dallas courtroom sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Brent, who now awaits jury deliberation after being charged with intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 death of his friend, Cowboys practice-squadder Jerry Brown. Mike Fisher draws parallels to Troy Aikman, who also attended a trial of teammate, that of Michael Irvin.

Aikman. Irvin. Josh Brent. Sean Lee.


Jones counting on health, experience and Rod Marinelli to get D-Ware back on track - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Jerry Jones believes DeMarcus Ware could have a better season in 2014 than he had in 2013, and he cites experience, health and Rod Marinelli as main reasons for that belief.

"We should be benefiting from the fact that he’s a veteran player and would know the nuances of conditioning and strengthening and preparing, and then we have Rod Marinelli, arguably the best, I think, the best down lineman coach, or one of the best defensive coaches with a specialization in down linemen that there is," Jones said during a break at the Senior Bowl. "So there’s lots of reasons why DeMarcus Ware could have a lot better year."

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vows that fans can expect to see much more of TE Gavin Escobar in 2014 | Brandon George, DMN
Even though Gavin Escobar didn't have the impact you might expect from a second-round pick, Jerry Jones said 2014 would see a lot more of Gavin Escobar.

"Going forward, he’ll have a lot more opportunity and he should have had a lot more opportunity last year. We looked back and said that this is something on our should-have-done list, having him more involved in the offense would have been one of them."

"We have to get him the ball more because he can make those big plays for us."


HBO's 'Hard Knocks' has eight contenders in place -
A rule change allows the NFL to appoint teams to appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks" if no one volunteers. Eight teams make up the field of qualifying teams; the Cowboys are not one of them. Doesn't mean they couldn't volunteer though ...

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