By Matthew Postins
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones appears to be turning over his coaching staff much the same way former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson used to turn over his roster.
This weekend the Cowboys reportedly moved toward making two more hires, targeting Richard Bisaccia for special teams coach and Derek Dooley for wide receivers coach.
The Cowboys have not confirmed that either coach has been hired. Should both coaches be hired they would mark the third and fourth new assistant coaches to join the staff since the end of the season. The Cowboys have at least two more positions to fill at tight ends and running backs.
Bisaccia has reportedly been released from his contract at Auburn, where he was hired to coach running backs and special teams earlier this month. He was also set to be an assistant head coach for the Tigers.
Bisaccia has ties to new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. Bisaccia was the special teams coach in Tampa Bay from 2002-2010. After leaving the Buccaneers he coached special teams for San Diego for two years under Norv Turner.
The Bucs were considered a Top 10 special teams group during Bisaccia’s tenure.
Bisaccia would replace Joe DeCamillis, who left earlier this month to become the special teams coach and assistant head coach in Chicago under Marc Trestman.
Dooley was the head coach at Tennessee before he was fired last November. Before that Dooley spent three years as head coach at Louisiana Tech. He and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett worked together in Miami under Nick Saban from 2005-06, when Garrett was quarterbacks coach and Dooley was tight ends coach.
Dooley would replace Jimmy Robinson, who has served as wide receivers coach in Dallas since 2011. Robinson helped tutor a Pro Bowl-worthy performance out of Dez Bryant this past season. The Cowboys have not made public Robinson’s status, but speculation centers on Robinson being moved to another part of the organization.
The other major component of the coaching staff still under consideration is who will call plays on offense next season. Jones told reporters at the Senior Bowl that he is considering taking play-calling duties off Garrett’s plate. A decision has not been made yet, but the most likely scenario has offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Callahan taking over those duties.
Comparing the 2012 and 2013 Dallas Cowboys Coaching Staffs
How has the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff turned over for the 2013 season? Here’s a look (new coaches in Bold):
Head coach: 2012: Jason Garrett; 2013: Jason Garrett
Quarterbacks: 2012: Wade Wilson; 2013: Wade Wilson
Running backs: 2012: Skip Peete; 2013: Open
Wide receivers: 2012: Jimmy Robinson; 2013: Derek Dooley*
Tight ends: 2012: John Garrett; 2013: Open
Offensive line: 2012: Bill Callahan; 2013: Bill Callahan
Defensive Coordinator: 2012: Rob Ryan; 2013: Monte Kiffin
Defensive line: 2012: Brian Baker; 2013: Rod Marinelli
Linebackers: 2012: Matt Eberflus; 2013: Matt Eberflus
Secondary: 2012: Jerome Henderson; 2013: Jerome Henderson
Special Teams: 2012: Joe DeCamillis; 2013: Richard Bisaccia*
Note: Callahan is also listed as the team’s offensive coordinator, but Garrett calls the plays.
* — Reported move; has not been officially announced by team.