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Having the head coach as a coordinator

Posted by Albert Breer  June 1, 2010 04:43 PM

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The key? Well, listen to Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo, who now says he wished he'd done it the way Phillips did it last year when he was a head coach.

Campo says the important thing is not just having confidence in the guy on the other side of the ball, but the whole staff.

"You have to be in charge of the game management as well as what’s going on defensively," Campo said. "Part of it goes to the confidence you have in the offensive coordinator to be able to do things. But the other part is, you have to have the confidence in your assistants so when they come to the sidelines, that the assistant coaches are going over the adjustments and you don’t have to be there every second talking about what’s going on.

"Then you can do it, and that’s what (Phillips) has here. He’s got guys that have an awful lot of experience on both sides of the ball and he can make his calls and still game-manage."

So that puts plenty on O'Brien's plate (remember Phillips has Jason Garrett; McDaniels had Mike Nolan last year; Payton has Gregg Williams; and Ryan has Brian Schottenheimer), but also position coaches Pepper Johnson, Matt Patricia, Corwin Brown and Josh Boyer to run the sideline while Belichick is "head coaching" when the defense isn't on the field.

We'll have more on this in the days to come, and most certainly keep an eye on that staff dynamic at OTAs tomorrow.
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