Cowboys add Callahan, Henderson to coaching staff

Cowboys add Callahan, Henderson to coaching staff

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In this Nov. 7, 2010, file photo, New York Jets assistant coach Bill Callahan watches from the sideline during the first quarter of their NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Dallas Cowboys named Callahan their new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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Posted on January 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

IRVING — The Dallas Cowboys hired Bill Callahan as their new offensive line coach Thursday and added a surprise twist, listing him as offensive coordinator.
 
Jason Garrett came to Dallas as offensive coordinator in 2007 and held on to that position after he became head coach midway through the 2010 season. There was no indication of how Callahan having that title would change, if any, Garrett calling plays or other coordinator duties.
 
Dallas also hired Jerome Henderson as its new secondary coach.
 
Callahan replaces retiring offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who spent 13 of his 29 NFL seasons with Dallas. Secondary coach Dave Campo spent 18 seasons with the Cowboys, three as head coach. The contracts of both coaches expired at the end of the season.
 
The 69-year-old Houck had two stints with the Cowboys, first from 1993-2001 when he was part of two Super Bowl championships. He returned to Dallas in 2008, along with Campo.
 
Campo was part of Jimmy Johnson's original staff in Dallas, where he was first an assistant from 1989-99 before going 15-33 as head coach from 2000-02. He then was an assistant in Cleveland (2003-04) and Jacksonville (2005-07).
 
Callahan spent the past four seasons as offensive line coach for the New York Jets. He was previously head coach and offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.
 
In 2002, in his first season as a head coach at any level, Callahan led the Raiders to an 11-5 regular-season record that included the AFC West title and a berth in the Super Bowl. He was fired after the Raiders slipped to 4-12 the following season. He had been offensive coordinator from 1998-2001 before getting promoted.
 
Callahan spent four seasons as the University of Nebraska's head coach before going to the Jets.
 
Henderson is reunited with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, his boss in Cleveland in 2009-10. Henderson was defensive backs coach for the Browns for the past five seasons.
 
Henderson played eight seasons as a defensive back with New England (1991-93, 1996), Buffalo (1993-94), Philadelphia (1995) and the Jets (1997-98). He played in 98 regular-season games and two Super Bowls, one with the Bills and one with the Patriots.

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