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Brian Stewart Cowboys New Defensive Coordinator

The San Diego Chargers have relented after several requests and allowed Brian Stewart to leave his job as secondary coach to join Wade Phillips in Dallas as the Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator, according to one published report.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune is unequivocal: “Chargers defensive backs coach Brian Stewart has been released from his contract and will become the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.”

There is no word at and the FWST’s Clarence Hill will say only that the process has “moved a step closer” but he acknowledges that “The Chargers granted the Cowboys permission to speak to Stewart and released him from his contract, setting the stage for him to join the Cowboys.” He further qualifies, “According to a source close to the team, either Stewart or Todd Bowles, who coached the Cowboys’ secondary the past two years, will be named defensive coordinator, with the other coaching the secondary.” Likewise, DMN’s Todd Archer notes, too, that “The Cowboys have not spoken to Stewart, who was flying from San Diego to Indianapolis on Saturday, but bad weather delayed his arrival.”

Still, it seems incredibly unlikely that the Chargers would allow Stewart to leave for a lateral move, nor would it make much sense for Stewart and the Cowboys to fight so hard to move from a 14-2 team to a 9-7 team for the same job.

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