Garrett will talk to Broncos, but not Lions
As first reported by the Denver Post, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will interview for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy sometime next week. Owner Pat Bowlen will be in New York tonight to visit with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and then in Rhode Island on Sunday to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Garrett has declined the opportunity to interview with the Lions. He turned down job offers from the Ravens and Falcons last offseason, but it seemed unlikely that he would be a popular candidate following the Cowboys' disappointing 2008 finish. The team's offensive numbers weren't that far off last season's, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Quarterback Tony Romo continued to turn the ball over, in part, because Garrett couldn't figure out how to call plays to give him time in the pocket. He also had to deal with complaints from Terrell Owens and the midseason arrival of former Lions receiver Roy Williams.
Garrett was never able to integrate Williams into the offense. That's just one of the reasons people at Valley Ranch are so surprised Garrett's once again in the running for head-coaching position. Don't expect Jerry Jones to put up as much of a fight to keep Garrett this time around. The franchise quarterback called Garrett out twice late in the season, and Romo has a lot more juice in the organization than Garrett.
OK, it's about time to head to Minneapolis. Let's talk about this more when I'm there.