While their personnel department and scouts are planted in Mobile, AL for the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to work on their coaching staff. Mike McCarthy has done a great job with his reported hirings as he’s brought in the likes of Mike Nolan (defensive coordinator), John Fassel (special teams coordinator), Joe Philbin (offensive line, run game coordinator, and assistant head coach), Jim Tomsula (defensive line), Skip Peete (running backs), Adam Henry (wide receivers), Lunda Wells (tight ends), and Maurice Linguist (defensive line). He retained Kellen Moore (offensive coordinator) and Doug Nussmeier (quarterbacks) so most of the seats are filled.
That doesn’t mean that there isn’t more room for extra coaches, though. It appears as if McCarthy has his eyes on someone who he coached against while he was in the NFC North, former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards. Per ESPN’s Todd Archer:
George Edwards, who spent the last six years as the Minnesota Vikings coordinator, is interviewing with the Cowboys regarding a spot on the defensive staff, according to a source. Edwards was the Cowboys linebackers coach from 1998-2001. The Cowboys have filled their defensive position coach roles, but Mike McCarthy could look to add Edwards under an unspecified title.
It’s possible that McCarthy has something particular in mind for Edwards as his staff is effectively full, but all of that remains to be seen. Edwards coached the linebackers in Dallas at the end of the 90s and early into this century, since then he’s had a few cups of coffee all over the league and has coordinated defenses in Washington and Buffalo in addition to Minnesota.
The Vikings defense finished seventh in DVOA although Mike Zimmer should be credited for some of that considering he has a defensive background. When it was announced that the Vikings and Edwards would go their separate ways word began to swirl that Zimmer’s son Adam could be in line to be their new defensive coordinator.