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Search for defensive coordinator hits snag

1/9/2011

With Tony Sparano maintaining his job as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, it's paused the opportunity for Todd Bowles to join the Cowboys.

Bowles interviewed for the Cowboys' head coaching position Wednesday and there was a thought if he didn't get the job, which went to Jason Garrett, the team could possibly bring him back as the defensive coordinator.

If Sparano had been fired, Bowles' path to the Cowboys could have been a little easier because a new coach might not have retained him.

But the Cowboys only received permission to talk to Bowles about the head coaching job. They would need to seek permission again to talk with Miami about hiring Bowles as the defensive coordinator.

However, Sparano might be asked to clean house in Miami, and he could move Bowles and other assistant coaches out the door.

Jerry Jones said Bowles had a specactular interview with the organization but didn't want to comment further.

In 2007, the Cowboys interviewed Bowles for the head coach position that eventually went to Wade Phillips.

After his interview at Valley Ranch, he was asked is he a better candidate now than he was a few years ago:

"I dont know if it's better," he said. "I'm an older candidate. I would like to hope you get better as a coach. Every year you want to get better as a coach. Every year, even if your record doesn't show [it]. But I go by record."

Todd Grantham, the Georgia defensive coordinator, who used to coach the Cowboys defensive linemen, is another possibility.

Grantham had an unfortunate incident at Georgia seen here.

On the field, Grantham improved the defense in 2010 from 2009. The Bulldogs finished second in the SEC and 18th nationally in turnover margin. Last season, Georgia was last in the conference and 118th nationally.

Georgia's defense finished fourth overall in the conference and 23rd nationally. But last season it finished seventh in SEC and 38th nationally.