'Boys Hire Familiar Face as OL Coach

The Cowboys have found a replacement for Tony Sporano.

Hudson Houck, who coached the Dallas offensive line from 1993 to 2001, has been named offensive line coach, replacing Sporano who left the Cowboys to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Houck coached with Cowboys coach Wade Phillips during the 2004 season when the two were assistants with San Diego.

Ironically, Houck has been Miami's offensive line coach the past three seasons.

"When I was here the last time," Houck said, "we won a couple Super Bowls and we had some great memories. And that's kind of the goal, to keep that going and go all the way."

"He is proven as not only a really top individual but also just an outstanding professional offensive line coach," owner Jerry Jones said. "I'm not taking anything away from Tony because the whole industry, the whole NFL would tell you we don't miss a beat with Hud."

Houck inherits one of the most productive offensive lines of the 2007 season, including two Pro Bowl performers in Flozell Adams and Leonard Davis.

The Dallas offensive line also matches Houck's belief in size.

"I've always felt that the big guy with the same ability as a smaller guy is going to win the contest," he said. "That's really what we look for and that's what I believe in, being a physical group of players."

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