Sources: Cowboys shuffle scouting staff

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys are shuffling their scouting department and will promote Will McClay to assistant director of player personnel to work alongside Tom Ciskowski, who will be named the director of scouting, according to sources.

McClay has worked in the Cowboys’ pro personnel department for the last 11 years and added the director of football research title in 2012. He was the head coach of the Dallas Desperados of the AFL from 2004-08.

Ciskowski was named the Cowboys’ director of pro and college scouting in 2008 and had the title change to assistant director of player personnel in 2011.

Over the last two seasons, McClay played a part in the Cowboys finding veteran players off the street that helped win games, such as Tony Fiammetta, Ernie Sims, Eric Frampton and Laurent Robinson. As the director of football research, McClay used advanced statistical and analytics in helping with scouting of players and other teams.

Stephen Jones carries the chief executive officer, executive vice president and director of player personnel titles.

According to sources, the Cowboys denied Cleveland and Kansas City permission to speak with McClay about front-office jobs in those organizations this offseason. McClay was Jacksonville’s assistant director of pro scouting in 2001.

Ciskowski joined the Cowboys as a scout in 1992 and from 2001-07 was the assistant director of college scouting. When Jeff Ireland left for Miami after the 2007 season, Ciskowski was promoted.