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JAN 31 PANTHERS TIES Kellen Moore is gone. Head coach Mike McCarthy surely has names from his own coaching tree like Brian Schottenheimer and Ben McAdoo as top candidates to replace the Chargers-bound Moore as the Dallas offensive coordinator.

But two Carolina names are also in the news.

McCarthy, who will now become his own play-caller, will interview Panthers assistant Jeff Nixon for the coordinator job. ... But apparently will not be able to lure long-time aide James Campen out of Carolina, as Campen is staying with the Panthers under new boss Frank Reich.

JAN 29 MORE CHANGES? The Cowboys and Mike McCarthy pulled the trigger, getting rid of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore after falling short in the Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers. But with McCarthy now taking back the play-calling duties, it seems Moore's departure isn't the last coaching change.

Quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier will also not return to The Star, a source tells

The 52-year-old's time in Dallas dates back to 2018, when he was hired to be the tight ends coach under ex-coach Jason Garrett. After spending the last three seasons as the quarterbacks coach, Nussmeier is one of several coaches whose contract expired this offseason.

The replacement for Nussmeier seems to be already in the building ... Scott Tolzien is currently a lower-level offensive assistant and former player for McCarthy back with the Green Bay Packers. 

JAN 26 DQ STAYING The Cowboys, for the second straight season, are avoiding losing Dan Quinn to a head coaching job elsewhere. And has the scoop ...

'I'm staying with the Cowboys,'' Quinn tells on Thursday afternoon, even as he's being considered for a trio of top jobs elsewhere. "We've still got unfinished business at The Star!'

Quinn will remain for at least another year as the defensive coordinator on Mike McCarthy's coaching staff. And so even though there are other changes - maybe even changes that involve offensive coordinator Kellen Moore - DQ is intact.

Quinn, as was first to report a year ago - when he similarly turned down opportunities to remain with owner Jerry Jones' Cowboys - was offered an arrangement then that would make it financially attractive to remain here ... "attractive'' as in, a head coach salary to be the top assistant.

JAN 25 COWBOYS COACH CHANGES The Cowboys have started the process of remaking Mike McCarthy's coaching staff.

Senior defensive assistant George Edwards, who worked with the Micah Parsons-led linebackers group, and running backs coach Skip Peete, who worked with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, will not be back with the club.

NFL Network is first to report.

Technically, Edwards and Peete are "out of contract,'' so "fired'' is not considered the appropriate word. But they are out ... with a few more such moves likely.

Also gone (per ESPN): McCarthy long-time assistant Joe Philbin (offensive line) and Leon Lett, the former Cowboys standout who has been working with the D-line.

The Star-Telegram reports that top aide Rob Davis, who held the position of "assistant head coach,'' is also dismissed.

Davis, Philbin and Lett were at the end of their contracts.

JAN 23 COACH VS. CAMERAMAN? The Dallas Cowboys were pushed out of the NFL playoffs on Sunday in San Francisco, the 49ers winning, 19-12.

Did coach Mike McCarthy also do some pushing?

An AP photographer snapped a photo of an unhappy coach appearing to shove  a cameraman away from him - complete with McCarthy putting his hands on the lens of the media member's equipment - as he walked off the field at Levi's Stadium.