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Ex-Cowboys DC Joins Wade Phillips’ Staff in XFL

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During a game in 2007, ex-Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart observes the action.

The Dallas Cowboys have employed a number of well-known coaches in recent years, and one of them is joining the XFL for the first time.

The third iteration of the XFL is in the works, with the pro football organization’s official website stating that the league’s first regular-season games will take place on February 18, 2023.

Following the announcement of eight hires for the league’s eight head coaching positions, the XFL has revealed its next wave of hires, which includes former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, who will meet with former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.

Stewart spent two seasons as Phillips’ defensive coordinator, leading the defense in 2007 and 2008.

The league has yet to reveal the teams’ locations or names as of this writing. AJ Smith and Marc Lillibridge, respectively, will join Stewart’s future team as offensive coordinator and director of player personnel, according to the league.

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Stewart Struggled with Cowboys

Stewart’s coaching career reached its pinnacle when he was named defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. The coach, on the other hand, failed miserably at this point.

Stewart made his NFL debut in 2002 as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans, after working his way up the positional coaching ranks in college football. Phillips took notice of his work and hired him as the secondary coach for the San Diego Chargers while he was still the head coach. In San Diego from 2004 to 2007, Stewart worked with Phillips.

Stewart was named defensive coordinator by Phillips when he was hired as the Cowboys’ head coach in 2007. Dallas went 13-3 in Phillips’ first season, with the defense allowing a mediocre 20 points per game.

However, following a poor defensive start in 2008, in which opponents scored 25 points or more in each of the first seven games, Phillips took over as defensive play-caller from Stewart. Even with a 9-7 record, Dallas would miss the playoffs.

Shortly after the season, Stewart was fired, and Phillips took over as defensive coordinator until he was fired in November of 2010.

XFL Building Momentum

The XFL competes with the recently resurrected USFL in addition to the NFL, which it clearly outclasses. The XFL’s strategy appears to be to hire big-name players like Phillips and Bob Stoops while also securing lucrative television contracts.

For its streaming rights, the XFL has already partnered with ESPN and Disney, and it is owned by Dwayne Johnson, a celebrity.

“It’s exciting to welcome new and returning players to our burgeoning League.” According to the press release, “this is a clear signal that the reimagined XFL, guided by the innovative vision of our new ownership group, has the potential to have a positive impact on the entire football ecosystem, and people want to be a part of building this new league of opportunity for players and coaches alike.” “As we prepare for a busy summer of scouting events, we’re encouraged to see players’ continued interest in our League, as evidenced by the high demand and registration for our upcoming showcases. We expect this momentum to continue, particularly as we near our November Draft.”

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