So what does it mean to have a consultant on a team that is otherwise fully staffed? I know we still need a DC, but Reeves would never be a candidate for that spot anyway.
I suppose one possibility is that Reeves will be a general consultant at the top, meaning along side Wade Phillips. I've stated my opinion before that if Wade were to be both Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator that he wouldn't be able to do his job fully on either front. Maybe the organization agrees with that point and will let Phillips run the defense and be HC while Reeves picks up at the HC spot where Wade leaves off.
A consultant can technically have as much or as little responsibility as needed, and as pointed out on DC.com, Reeves interviewed last week for an OC position in San Francisco. It does indicate that after almost 5 years out of the league that he is ready for a hands on job.
He could help Jason Garrett. Garrett is a decent coach, the team was 13-3 last year and you don't get that kind of record without some notable ability. Even if Parcels did leave enough in place, even if Sparano was a big part of that record, Garrett still has an upside worth waiting for in some cases.
So maybe Reeves will be allowed to coach the OC along to something that more closely resembles what Reeves himself has done over the years. Most of know that Dan Reeves is the kind of coach that earns the respects of his players, without being considered a players coach.
He is a strong influence for a team that needs to be influenced by the right people. Perhaps that is the biggest reason that he is coming to Dallas, to bring a level of class and character back to a city that was once nothing but.