With the departure of Tom Landry as defensive coordinator, the club made three veterans player coaches. Harland Svare became the defensive coordinator. Robus was a defensive line coach, while Jimmy Patton was a defensive backs coach.
During the 1960 season, Chuck Bednarik is perhaps best known for knocking Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for over eighteen months. It was considered one of the most famous tackles in NFL history in 1960. The 1960 New York Giants went 6–4–2, and finished in third place in the Eastern Conference. As a result, the Giants missed out on the NFL Championship Game.