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Former Cowboys defensive coordinator Stewart joins Eagles as assistant

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday that they have hired Brian Stewart as special assistant to the defense.

Stewart, who spent the last two seasons as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator, will mostly work with the defensive backs in Philadelphia. That should help Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott, who's serving as defensive coordinator while Jim Johnson takes an indefinite leave of absence for cancer treatment.

"Brian Stewart brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our football club," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the team. "He especially has a good understanding of the NFC East acquired during his time with the Cowboys. He'll be a nice addition to our coaching staff."

After spending nine years as an assistant in the college football ranks, Stewart, 44, started his NFL career as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Houston Texans in 2002 and 2003. He then served as the San Diego Chargers' secondary coach from 2004 to 2006 before going to Dallas.

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