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Report: Jon Gruden targeting Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown for Raiders staff

The exodus of the coaching staff in Dallas continues.

Dallas Cowboys training camp Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images

Jon Gruden isn't officially the Raiders head coach yet, but that apparently isn't stopping him from putting together a coaching staff anyway.

We already know that Cowboys special teams and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will be joining Gruden in Oakland.

Bisaccia was under contract in Dallas for another two years, but the Cowboys were gracious enough to let him leave anyway.

Gary Brown, the Cowboys' running backs coach, is no longer under contract, so he is free to pursue opportunities elsewhere. And it looks like he may follow Bisaccia to Oakland.

Brown had held the job with the Cowboys the past five seasons, during which he coached a succession of running backs to outstanding seasons.


Looks like the Cowboys aren't looking to give up Brown without a fight.

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For the Cowboys, this would continue the (planned) exodus of assistant coaches out of Dallas.

In addition to Brown, quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and secondary coach Joe Baker have expiring contracts. Tight ends coach Steve Loney informed the team he was retiring. Here's an overview of the current status of the Cowboys' coaching staff.

Unit Coach Status
Offense Scott Linehan
Offensive Coordinator
Wade Wilson
Contract expired. Out in Dallas and contemplating future, which could include retirement.
Steve Loney
Tight ends
Informed the team he is retiring.
Gary Brown
Running backs
Contract expired, might be headed to Oakland, but it looks like Cowboys may be trying to keep him.
Derek Dooley
Wide receivers
Contract expired. Initially rumored to be looking for a college OC position, but may stay on in Dallas after all - for a little more money and input into the playbook.
Frank Pollack
Offensive line
Still under contract, but questions about the future with the team.
Defense Rod Marinelli
Defensive Coordinator
Matt Eberflus
Passing Game Coordinator/ Linebackers
Contract expired. Declined contract extension last year as he's looking for a DC position (Cowboys declined an interview request for the 49ers DC job last year). Has been linked to the Patriots this year.
Joe Baker
Contract expired, out in Dallas.
Greg Jackson
Still under contract.
Leon Lett
Defensive Tackles
Still under contract.
Ben Bloom
Special Projects
Still under contract.
Special teams Rich Bisaccia
Special teams
Headed to Oakland
Keith O'Quinn
Assistant Special Teams
Still under contract.
Green: Stays - Red: Gone - Yellow: unclear

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