Coaching Search Day 4: Interviews over
January, 6, 2011
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas -- The interviews are over for the Cowboys head coaching job.
Ray Sherman, the wide receivers coach, and Miami Dolphins assistant coach Todd Bowles were the only two people interviewed for the job.
An announcement should come by the end of the week, maybe today, which was the plan of team owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
Bowles interviewed on Wednesday for nearly two hours.
"It was like old times, no different," said Bowles, who was a secondary coach for the Cowboys from 2005 to 2007. "We had a good talk. They have a lot to think about. It went good and I was grateful for the chance to come in here and I'm thankful [Jerry Jones] thought enough of me to come in here and interview so that was good."
Sherman was the first coach interviewed.
He declined to comment about the interview but he apparently impressed Jerry and Stephen Jones during a three hour session according to John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Foundation, which monitors minority hiring and interviewing for the NFL.
Interviewing Bowles and Sherman, who are African-Americans, enabled the Cowboys to satisfy the Rooney Rule, which makes it mandatory for NFL teams to interview minority candidates.
Wooten said he was pleased with the Cowboys efforts to interview Bowles and Sherman.
But Garrett has been the favorite all along to become the next coach and his 5-3 record plus his ability to change the culture of the Cowboys locker room gave Jerry Jones confidence to give him the job.
“I’m certainly pleased with how he’s operated the team in the head coaching position,” Jones said after the regular season finale, a 14-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. “It’s very good. I don’t want to say that I thought it’d be good, but I thought he’s done very well. The games that he lost as a head coach, he had us in position to win those. We all know that.”
Garrett has been guarded when asked about his job status, only saying the time wasn’t right to discuss it, but by the end of the week it appears it will be.