Report: LB coach Herring to Texans

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys can add linebackers coach to the need list.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Reggie Herring has accepted a position with Houston to be the Texans’ linebackers coach. Herring interviewed with head coach Gary Kubiak on Wednesday and will be reunited with Wade Phillips. The Cowboys initially denied Houston permission to interview Herring but once it became clear Rob Ryan would take over as defensive coordinator they acquiesced.

Herring’s NFL career started in Houston in 2002-03 as linebackers coach and he came to the Cowboys in 2008 after serving as Arkansas’ defensive coordinator.

With Herring gone and Paul Pasqualoni at the University of Connecticut, the Cowboys have to find linebackers and defensive line coaches. It is possible secondary coach Dave Campo, who has been with the Cowboys for 17 of his 22 years in the NFL, could not return to that position in 2011.

Ryan could have a big say in the defensive staff, but head coach Jason Garrett has the final call. Garrett also has to find a wide receivers coach, and he has talked with Dan Campbell and Bruce Matthews about joining the team as an assistant offensive line coach.