Thursday, January 3, 2008

Cameron Released; Massive Staff Changes

Bill Parcells means business.

Not only was Cam Cameron released from his head coaching duties today, but almost the entire coaching staff was sent packing as well. Only two assistants - George Edwards (Linebackers) and Steve Hoffman (Assistant Special Teams) - were retained. That means that high profile guys like Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers and Offensive Line coach Hudson Houck were let go.

Of course, the possibility remains that Parcells and Ireland could bring back some of these guys after they take stock of the situation and judge the choices available to them.

I think a guy like Capers who runs pretty good 3-4 defense would mesh well with Parcells. And as for Houck, well we've all seen the kind of work he is capable of doing. Personally, I'd like to see those two guys return.

Both Edwards and Hoffman spent time with the Cowboys during their coaching careers, and thus their familiarity with Parcells and/or Ireland likely helped them stick around.

As for the next head coach, it's very highly likely that it will be Dallas Offensive line coach Tony Sparano. Maurice Carthon is also in the running, but I'd be willing to bet that he's only getting consideration in order to satisfy the Rooney Ruling, requiring that a minority candidate be interviewed. That's no shot at Carthon - he's a good coach, but it's obvious that Parcells is going with his Dallas buddies, and that means Sparano. Former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Rex Ryan is also being interviewed, but I don't think he's in the top two on Parcell's list.

I'm just glad that talk of Romeo Crennel being atop that list has died down a bit. He's not worth sending away draft picks for.

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