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Rams looking at former Cowboys assistant

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams are interviewing former Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart to coach their secondary, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Stewart spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys before the situation became untenable. Stewart reportedly asked for his release. The Cowboys fired him.

Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram described the situation in Dallas this way:

"The Cowboys finished ninth in the league on defense last season in Stewart's first year as defensive coordinator and eighth this season. But things began to unravel early in the season when the Cowboys' defense struggled and [owner Jerry] Jones demanded that [coach Wade] Phillips take over the play-calling duties from Stewart."

In the same story, linebacker Bradie James expressed strong support for Stewart, suggesting Phillips got the credit for what went right, while Stewart took the blame for what went wrong.

James: "I got the helmet on and Stewart was making the calls to me. But being in that position, it's always going to feel like he is being undermined. He never got his just due and the respect he deserved."

Adding a former coordinator to coach the secondary sounds like a good move. The Seahawks did it when they hired former Steelers and Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis to coach their secondary. The Rams already have a defensive-minded head coach. They have a first-year defensive coordinator in Ken Flajole, but Stewart would add experience. He was previously defensive backs coach with the Chargers and Texans.