Stewart had coached the San Diego Chargers' secondary for three seasons before leaving with Wade Phillips to take over the Cowboys' defense. He also was a defensive assistant for the Houston Texans for two seasons.
Wade Phillips would sometimes take over the calls for the defense, while other times he left who was calling the plays unclear. Either way, Stewart should have been ready to make the calls all day, every day. It was his job, after all.
The Dallas Cowboys gave up an average of 22.8 points per game under Stewart's control this year. That's a large number of points!
Was this the best option for the Cowboys? Time will tell. Stewart seemed to have a lot of potential as a defensive coach, but that potential will not be reached as a Cowboy.
Maybe he had too much pressure on him, but when you're in that type of position, you have to be ready to do everything you can to win.
Other changes in the Cowboys' coaching staff are likely to occur. Jason Garrett, the Cowboys' offensive coordinator, is a top candidate for the St. Louis Rams' new head coach. We'll just have to wait and see what happens next!