Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mosley: Former Cowboys DC Stewart to join Eagles

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Former Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will soon join the Eagles' coaching staff, according to a league source. Stewart was the the defensive coordinator under Wade Phillips when the Cowboys went 13-3 in 2007, but he was stripped of his play-calling duties midway through the '08 season. Phillips fired Stewart a few days after the team's humiliating 44-6 loss to the Eagles.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid and Stewart have remained close since they were at Northern Arizona together in the mid-80s. Reid coached the offensive line and Stewart played cornerback. Both men grew up in Los Angeles and spent time at junior colleges in the area.

With defensive coordinator Jim Johnson taking a leave of absence as he receives treatment for cancer, secondary coach Sean McDermott has assumed his duties. Stewart's role hasn't been officially announced, but it's likely he'll coach the secondary. That was his expertise on Marty Schottenheimer's staff in San Diego before he followed Phillips to Dallas in 2007.

Reid obviously has a huge comfort level with Stewart, but it doesn't hurt that he'll get to pick his brain on the Cowboys' 3-4 defense twice-a-season. Stewart was set to join former Vikings and Cardinals head coach Dennis Green with the San Francisco representative of the United Football League, but he'll now remain in the NFL.

Joe Trahan's WFAA Sports Blog tipped us off to this story. Somewhat interesting sidenote: Eagles tight ends coach Tom Melvin, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former offensive coordinator Brad Childress and Reid all spent time on the Northern Arizona Lumberjack coaching staff.