So is Jason Garrett the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys or what? For those of you who are not night owls like myself, you awoke Sunday to breaking Cowboys head coaching news. "Cowboys insider says Jason Garrett will be named to the head coaching position of the Dallas Cowboys on a permanent basis." I first saw the report come through on my ticker while immersed in a Saturday late night, Call Of Duty Domination match.
By the time you were reading the Sunday funnies, the reports had changed from speculation to supposed fact. Headlines switched to confirmation... Reports: Garrett to be named next Cowboys coach... Garrett keeps coaching job; Sherman also interviewed... Cowboys to Keep Garrett.
A trusted league reporter, Jason LaConfora of the NFL Network, reported that Jerry Jones had conducted an interview with Ray Sherman to satisfy the Rooney Rule and Garrett’s appointment was a done deal. A lot of scribes ran with it. In the immortal words of the cooky but lovable Lee Corso… not so fast my friend.
Ray Sherman, as any man would do in his situation, let people know that the reports were incorrect- he hadn’t been interviewed. Jerry Jones spoke to Tony Siragusa (seriously, this guy gets a scoop?) pregame and assured all that were listening in the league offices that he had not come to a final decision.
It appears, to the untrained eye, that Jerry does plan to hire Garrett but someone in the organization put the cart ahead of the horse and then gravity kicked in. So, what is the latest on the coaching front?
Josina Anderson of Inside The NFL has tweeted that Ray Sherman’s interview is now scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Breaking: Sources: Ray Sherman's head coaching interview with the Dallas #Cowboys is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:00am for now.
So is this a token interview, just to satisfy the Rooney Rule? One can’t know for sure, but as a proponent for the rule, that’s the feeling I got listening to Jerry’s recent interviews. He keeps throwing out there that he will interview a ‘couple’ guys in order to go above and beyond the requirements. I don’t see how that statement would be necessary if he was doing so to truly look for a candidate. The Rooney Rule is difficult to discuss and be politically correct, so please try to remember to respect people’s opinions and life experiences.
We'd be remiss if we didn't recap the slew of coaching changes happening around the NFL. If Garrett is the coach, what kind of staff will he be putting together? Will the offensive staff stay intact? Should Dave Campo place his house on the market? Here's the latest in NFL coaching news. Feel free to speculate whether any of these disposed of head coaches, or their staffs, interest you as it relates to the Dallas Cowboys. We are all aware that Eric Mangini, Brad Childress, Mike Singletary, and Josh McDaniels are already out, with their coaching staffs on notice.
- Gary Kubiak will remain head coach of the Texans, defensive coordinator fired, via twitter
- Carolina will be interviewing Ron Rivera for their head coach vacancy, via twitter
- The 49ers are highly considering Stanford lead man Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, via Mike Florio
- Jay Glazer reports Jack Del Rio will not hit the open market and is safe in Jacksonville.
- Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports has sources saying Marvin Lewis will choose not to return to Cincy.
- Adam Schefter reports that Carolina and Cleveland have shown interest in Giants D-Coordinator Perry Fewell for their openings.
- Tony Sporano still isn't assured of returning to coach the Miami Dolphins, via Jason LaConfora.