Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
We interrupt your New Year's Day bowl game watching party to let you know the Rams have asked permission to speak to Cowboys wide receivers coach Ray Sherman about their opening at head coach. There's never been a better time to go from a position coach to head coach in the NFL.
Teams have paid close attention to what happened with Tony Sparano in Miami and John Harbaugh in Baltimore, and they're trying to identify the right fit. In the past, teams would either recycle former head coaches or pluck an offensive or defensive coordinator. Now, there's a thought that guys such as Sparano (offensive line in Dallas) and Harbaugh (secondary in Philly) can make the leap to head coach. Of course, Sparano had a season of play calling under his belt before Jerry Jones brought in Jason Garrett.
Now some folks on Sparano's staff in Miami are beginning to receive interest. Todd Bowles was an excellent secondary coach with the Cowboys and it looks like he'll land a couple of interviews. Quarterbacks coach David Lee is the man most responsible for the Wildcat formation that helped jump-start the Dolphins' season, and defensive coordinator coach Paul Pasqualoni is also a solid candidate.