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Cowboys Add Dat Nguyen and Wes Phillips to Coaching Staff

The Dallas Cowboys have added Dat Nguyen, their former star linebacker, to the staff as an assistant linebackers/defensive quality control coach yesterday. He will replace Parcells holdover Vincent Brown, who was only on the staff one year.

They also brought on new head coach Wade Phillips’ son, who was Baylor’s quarterbacks coach last year, as an offensive quality control coach. He was scheduled to interview for positions with the Chargers and Browns. The senior Phillips is not concerned about the appearance of nepotism, Nick Eatman reports.

Wade Phillips said he always remembered the feeling when his father, Bum, added him to his staff with the Houston Oilers. “He said, ‘I’m not going to punish him because he’s my son,’” Wade Phillips recalled. “If he’s a good enough coach, he deserves to be looked at. And he’s ready.

“I’m very proud of him as a son, but I’ve really proud of him as a coach.”

Wesley Phillips, a former quarterback at UTEP, seemed excited about the opportunity to not only work in the NFL, but to follow in similar footsteps his father took. “I didn’t know if I’d ever get a chance to work with him,” Wesley said. “He’s been in the NFL my whole life. I certainly always hoped it would happen. I know he’s always talked about working with his dad in Houston and New Orleans and it was always something I looked forward to.”

Wade Phillips said his father didn’t worry what the other coaches thought when he was brought on board with the Oilers. And he said he didn’t think adding Wesley would be a problem either. “If they know me well enough, I think they’ll think the same thing they thought about my dad,” Phillips said. “He wasn’t going to hire someone who wasn’t going to do the job. He’s a team guy. And that’s what I am. And I’m not going to hire someone who can’t do the job for us. And I think once people know me, they’ll realize that.”

I suspect Wes is ready. Then again, I’m not really sure what a “quality control” coach does.

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