Houch returns to Cowboys to coach Offensive Line

1-19-08 - The Cowboys hired Hudson Houck as offensive line coach Friday, returning him to the job he had on two of Dallas' Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1990s.

Houck was swept out in Miami when former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells fired most of the Dolphins coaches after taking over as executive vice president of football operations.

Houck replaces new Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who also was the Cowboys' assistant head coach. That title went to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett when he turned down head coaching overtures in Atlanta and Baltimore to stay with the Cowboys.

During his first stint with the Cowboys, Houck coached the offensive line from 1993 to 2001. Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith averaged a career-best 5.3 yards per carry and was the Super Bowl MVP in Houck's first season. Dallas won the Super Bowl again two years later.

The Cowboys' offensive line had at least one Pro Bowl player and at least one All Pro in each of Houck's nine seasons. Among the stars during his tenure were Larry Allen and Nate Newton.

After leaving Dallas, Houck spent three years in San Diego and three in Miami. He started his NFL coaching career with a nine-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams, then spent a year with Seattle. Before joining the Rams, Houck spent seven seasons coaching the offensive line at USC, his alma mater.