IRVING, Texas -- As Jason Garrett looks for his defensive coordinator he will be able to sell a lot of things: history of the franchise, Jerry Jones' willingness to spend what it takes to win, DeMarcus Ware and the security Garrett has with a four-year contract among other things.
Garrett can also point to the possible springboard effect of coaching with the Cowboys.
This is not to say having ‘Dallas’ on the resume was the only reason why coaches moved on to bigger and better things, but it certainly didn’t hurt.
Four head coaches in the NFL have been part of Cowboys’ staffs that have been assembled since 2003: Garrett, New Orleans’ Sean Payton, Miami’s Tony Sparano and Kansas City’s Todd Haley. Mike McIntyre was an assistant secondary coach for four seasons and is now the head coach at San Jose State. His ties to the Cowboys/Bill Parcells and the work he did at Duke helped his cause. Chris Palmer was the quarterbacks coach in 206 and is now head coach in the UFL for Hartford and in the mix to return to the NFL in 2011.
Perhaps guys like Vic Fangio, Greg Manusky and Paul Pasqualoni do not want to be NFL head coaches, but working with the Cowboys would raise their profiles.
And potential assistant coaches could see a boost to their resumes as well.
Tight ends coach John Garrett is interviewing in Miami today about the Dolphins offensive coordinator vacancy. Todd Grantham used two years as a defensive line coach to land the defensive coordinator job at the University of Georgia.
Steve Hoffman was a kickers coach from 1989-2004, spun that into an assistant special teams’ job in Miami and is now Haley’s special teams coach with the Chiefs. Todd Bowles went from secondary coach with the Cowboys to assistant head coach in Miami under Sparano. Gary Gibbs, David Lee, Pasqualoni, Mike Zimmer and Maurice Carthon either remained as coordinators in new jobs or were first-time coordinators elsewhere.