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Cowboys want their coaching staff back intact

Secondary coach Jerome Henderson is expected to return to the Cowboys’ staff with a new deal.
Secondary coach Jerome Henderson is expected to return to the Cowboys’ staff with a new deal. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys are working on a deal to re-sign Jerome Henderson as their secondary coach. He is the biggest name among the Cowboys assistant coaches whose contracts expire at the end of this league year.

The team’s starting cornerbacks had no interceptions this season, and both of the 2015 starters could move on to other teams in 2016. Morris Claiborne becomes a free agent in March, and the Cowboys could make Brandon Carr a cap casualty. Dallas lost Orlando Scandrick, a starter in 2014, to a major knee injury before the season began.

Henderson has been on staff since arriving with Rob Ryan in 2012 and has worked for three defensive coordinators in his four seasons.

“We think a lot of him as a coach,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “You look at how the corners played, but that’s not all of it, at all. He’s a good coach.”

The Cowboys also have not finalized contracts with safeties coach Joe Baker, defensive ends coach Ben Bloom, defensive assistant Turner West and offensive assistants Marc Colombo and Kevin Carberry, all of whom have expiring contracts. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said “our goal is to get them all signed back up.”

Jerry Jones echoed that, though adding that the Cowboys could lose some of them to opportunities for advancement elsewhere.

“I do see some change, but I don’t see change for the sake of saying, ‘We can just do that better, and he didn’t coach it up right.’ I don’t see that,” Jerry Jones said.

Jerry Jones gave a vote of confidence to offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who remains under contract. Pollack was promoted with Bill Callahan left for Washington last offseason.

The Cowboys offensive line seemingly didn’t play as well as in 2014, but left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin were three of the team’s four Pro Bowlers.

“He did some really good things and was in kind of a tough position,” Jones said.

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