As part of the effort to fix the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive secondary, long time secondary and former head coach, Dave Campo, will not be returning to the coaching staff next season. The departure of Campo, whose contract expires this month, is being reported by Clarence Hill of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram and Tim MacMahon of ESPN/Dallas.
Campo was an original member of Jimmy Johnson’s coaching staff that won three Superbowls in the early nineties. He was also named head coach of the Cowboys from 2000-02. Each of those years, his Cowboy teams went 5-11. Campo returned to Dallas in 2008 and finished up his 18th year as a Cowboy this last season.
Dallas’ defensive secondary allowed 3,906 passing yards this year. That’s the second most ever by America’s Team. Although Rob Ryan’s defense played well at the start of the season, his complicated and numerous schemes seemed to cause more confusion than results during the second half. And the defensive secondary played a major role in the Cowboys missing the playoffs, allowing a team record 24 passing touchdowns.
The release of Dave Campo is the expected first step in what is believed to be a revamping of the secondary. Decisions about the future of other members of the coaching staff and players, including veteran cornerback Terence Newman, are expected in the near future. Other possible changes could be the release of offensive line coach Hudson Houck and the hiring of former Miami Dolphin’s head coach Tony Sparano as Dallas’ new offensive coordinator.