The Dallas Cowboys watched tight ends coach Wes Phillips, whose father is Wade Phillips, leave the team to take the same position with the NFC East rival Washington Redskins. In order to fill the vacancy left by Phillips’ departure, the Cowboys went ahead and followed the Redskins lead by adding a former division rival’s position coach.
On Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the Cowboys have added former New York Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope to the coaching staff to take the job.
Pope was one of the most well-respected tight ends coaches in the league and he did an impressive job during his time in New York, so it will be exciting to see how he will be able to take advantage of a player like Jason Witten.
The Cowboys also have to be thrilled about Pope’s ability to coach up young tight ends, with Gavin Escobar on the roster.
Dallas selected Escobar with their second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, so they have some high hopes for him moving forward. If anyone can get the potential out of Escobar, Pope is the man to do it.