Monday, January 3, 2011
Coaching update: Ray Sherman to interview
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The process to find the Cowboys' next coach begins Tuesday when Jerry Jones will interview wide receivers coach Ray Sherman, according to a source.
Multiple sources have told ESPNDallas.com that interim coach Jason Garrett is the favorite to get the job, but Jones wants to go through this process. It's going to be a quick one.
Jones wants to hire someone by Friday.
But Jones might interview someone else, and a source said it's possible he could look at Green Bay Packers linebackers coach/assistant head coach Winston Moss.
League rules require Jones to interview a minority candidate, and both Sherman and Moss are African-American. At the recent NFL owners meetings in Fort Worth, commissioner Roger Goodell made it known to the owners to take the Rooney Rule seriously. It appears Sherman will not be a Rooney Rule candidate but the other candidate will be, whoever that is.
Garrett didn’t seem overly concerned with Sherman interviewing for the position on Tuesday.
“It's part of the process,” Garrett said of Sherman’s interview.
During his 25-minute news conference Monday, Garrett was evasive regarding his feelings about whether he’ll become the next coach. He did say he will attend the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., which is standard for NFL coaches, and he’s held some discussions with Jones about the position.
“I was in conversations with him as a head coach that I wasn't in when I was an offensive coordinator and a player,” Garrett said. “There are just certain subjects that you get into when you're in this position.”
Garrett could also be in the market for a new job. Garrett has interviewed with Detroit, Denver, St. Louis, Atlanta and Baltimore when those organizations had vacancies. Cleveland, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Carolina and Denver have openings, and Garrett didn’t rule out a possible interview.
Asked if the thought others teams might come after him, Garrett said, “I have no idea.”
Would he be interested in talking to other teams if they contacted him?
“We’ll just let that whole situation unfold.”