According to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck is retiring after 29 years in the league. And Dallas will be replacing him with the New York Jets current offensive line coach, Bill Callahan. ESPN is also reporting that the Cowboys are hiring the Cleveland Browns defensive back coach Jerome Henderson as well, to replace the recently released Dave Campo.
Callahan was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders from 2002-2003 with an overall record of 15-17. He replaced Jon Gruden after “Chucky” left to win a Superbowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Callahan joined the New York Jets in 2008 after being the head coach at the University of Nebraska. It is rumored the Callahan rejected a similar offer to stay with the Jets to make the move to Big “D”.
Callahan’s O-line in New York included Pro Bowl lineman Alan Faneca, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Nick Mangold. The Jet’s offense ranked a lowly 25th in total offense this season. They were 22nd in rushing offense. They gave up the 13th highest sack total in the league with 40. In turn, Dallas’ O-line gave up 39 sacks this year.
Henderson has been defensive backfield coach for the Cleveland Browns for the past three years. Two of those years were under current Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Henderson was the New York Jet’s DB coach in 2008. This season, the Browns’ defense ranked 9th in total tackles, 28th in interceptions and 17th in passes defended.
Houck was the Cowboys’ offensive line coach for 13 years. Two of those years included Superbowl wins. Houck also served as running game coordinator for Dallas this season. In his 29 years in the NFL, he’s coached for the Seahawks, Chargers, Rams and Dolphins. Houck told ESPN that the reason for his retirement was so him and his wife could have more time to enjoy their grand-kids.
As of the publishing of this story, no official word about any of these three announcements has been addressed or verified by the Dallas Cowboy organization.