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COACHING CONNECTIONS

Mike Shanahan was an offensive assistant on future Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer’s 1975 Oklahoma Sooners.

Kyle Shanahan worked offensive quality control in Tampa Bay from 2004-05, thus connecting him to Jason Garrett, Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli, and Rich Bisaccia.

Cowboys offensive line assistant Frank Pollack has two connections to the Shanahans The first is as a player on the 1994 San Francisco 49ers while Mike served as offensive coordinator. The second is as Kyle’s colleague on Gary Kubiak’s Texans from 2007-09. Pollack coached offensive line as Kyle coached quarterbacks in 2007 before becoming offensive coordinator from 2008-09.

Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur and Frank Pollack are connected through their tenure in their respective positions on Gary Kubiak’s Texans from 2008-09.

Redskins wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel and Frank Pollack share a connection, for both coached for Gary Kubiak from 2007-08.

Redskins strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and Frank Pollack also share a connection since both worked in their respective capacities for the Houston Texans from 2007-09.

Pollack also worked with Redskins assistant secondary coach Richard Hightower in Houston from 2007-08 in their respective positions.

Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay, son of famed John McVay, spent his first coaching season in the NFL as an offensive assistant on the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thus connecting him to Monte Kiffin and Rich Bisaccia.

Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster and Monte Kiffin have worked together with two different NFL teams. The first time was with the Minnesota Vikings from 1993-94 as Foerster worked with tight ends and Kiffin worked with linebackers. The second time was from 1996-01 under Tony Dungy in TampaBay. Foerster was working offensive line as Kiffin coordinated the defense.

Chris Foerster also has a connection to Judd Garrett through the 2004 Miami Dolphins. Foerster was the offensive coordinator as Judd Garrett served as an offensive quality control.

With the 1995 New Orleans Saints, a 39-year old Jim Haslett coached linebackers for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Jim Haslett shares the distinction with Pat Peppler and Joe Vitt as being the only interim head coaches to have beaten the Dallas Cowboys. In 2008, Haslett’s Rams crushed the Cowboys 34-14.

Redskins linebackers coach Bob Slowik was a defensive assistant for the 1992 Cowboys.

Raheem Morris’ connections to Jason Garrett, Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli, and Rich Bisaccia is self-evident. From 2002-05 and then 2007-08, Morris worked with backup quarterback Garrett (2004), defensive line coach Marinelli (2002-05), and Kiffin and Bisaccia his entire time in TampaBay. In fact, Bisaccia was with the Buccaneers until 2011, thus putting him under head coach Raheem Morris from 2009-10.

Redskins special teams coach Keith Burns played linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004, thus connecting him to Jason Garrett (2004), Rich Bisaccia (2002-10), Rod Marinelli (1996-05), and Monte Kiffin (1996-08).

The connection between Keith Burns, Raheem Morris, Chris Foerster, Sean McVay, and even Kyle Shanahan could be attributed to Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, who worked with all these coaches as Tampa Bay’s general manager from 2004-08.

Consequently, Bruce Allen is connected to Jason Garrett, Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli, and Rich Bisaccia.

Cowboys offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan and Bruce Allen worked together for the Oakland Raiders from 1998-03 as Allen was a senior executive and Callahan went from offensive coordinator from 1998-01 to head coach in 2002-03.

 

MISCELLANEOUS FACTS

Dez Bryant is 11th in the league with 29 receptions, 8th in the league with 423 yards, 15th with 84.6 yards per game, and is 2nd in the league with 6 touchdowns.

Terrance Williams is tied for 4th in the league with 16 catches, 2nd in the league with 282 yards, 6th in the league with 1 touchdown, and 82-yard touchdown is the second-longest pass play this season.

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs past Denver Broncos outside linebacker Nate Irving (56) after making a catch in the game at AT

Two Dallas Cowboys wide receivers are in the Top 5 for longest pass plays this season: Terrance Williams’ 82-yard touchdown (2nd) and Dez Bryant’s 79-yard catch (4th), both of which occurred last week.

Through his first 5 games, Terrance Williams’ rookie season has been eerily similar to Dez Bryant’s first 5 games as rookie. Dez had 18 catches for 211 yards and 1 touchdown, while Williams has 16 catches for 282 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Dallas Cowboys are 6-2 on 10/13. Here are the results:

1963 – DET, 17-14 – W

1968 – PHI, 34-14 – W

1974 – @Cardinals, 28-31 – L

1985 – PIT, 27-13 – W

1991 – CIN, 35-23 – W

1996 – Cardinals, 17-3 – W

1997 – @WAS, 16-21 – L

2002 – CAR, 14-13 – W

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