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Former Cowboys coordinator Brian Stewart to join Eagles staff

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Former Cowboys coordinator Brian Stewart

Local news in the Dallas area is reporting that former Dallas defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will be joining the Eagles' staff sometime this week. Cowboy's coach Wade Phillips fired Stewart after last season.

League sources tell me former Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has landed a job with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's expected to sign a contract early next week.

Stewart was made the fall guy for a Cowboys defense that finished in the top 10 in league rankings, but tied for 19th in the NFL in scoring defense. Now Wade Phillips is the head coach and DC, so the buc stops with him.

ESPN's Matt Mosely explains the link between Stewart and Andy Reid.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid and Stewart have remained close since they were at Northern Arizona together in the mid-1980s. Reid coached the offensive line and Stewart played cornerback. Both men grew up in Los Angeles and spent time at junior colleges in the area.

Stewart was a secondary coach under Marty Schottenheimer and will likely take that role with the Eagles since current secondary coach Sean McDermott has been elevated to defensive coordinator in Jim Johnson's' absence.

As both articles point out, Stewart could also be valuable in helping to game plan against the Cowboys 3-4 defense twice a year.