Both media front-runners for the Cowboys head coaching position are both at the Senior Bowl. The DMN blog talked to Norv Turner's current boss, Mike Nolan.
Wade Phillips hasn't spoken with the Cowboys as of yet.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in the linebacking corps. Because of injuries, Phillips has had to mix and match to patch holes.
Alongside the venerable Donnie Edwards ---- the unit's only constant ---- have been run stuffers Randall Godfrey, Stephen Cooper, Ben Leber and Matt Wilhelm, and pass rushers Foley, Merriman and Shaun Phillips.
Despite constant shuffling, the unit's effectiveness has stayed constant.
"We've had three and four starters out the last few games and we've played well," Phillips said. "We've got a lot of good linebackers, but you have to.
"(Management has) done a good job of getting us strengthened at areas."
Speaking yesterday from his vacation home at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in north Georgia, Reeves said he phoned the Cowboys on Monday to express interest in the job.
Oh yeah, there's that Senior Bowl thing going on, where a lot of our potential coaches are, and where the Cowboys' scouts are. Jeff Ireland discusses his philosophy in this article.
Although Ireland's tastes run in similar patterns to that of Parcells, he is a man who insists that whatever the preference of the new coach, he will find the players that fit.
There is one potential catch: Ireland does not know he will be returning in the same title under the new head coach. It's presumed he will.
"Jerry sent word to me. He knows I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing," Ireland said. "The Jones's are going to lean on me more than ever. I accept that. It drives me even harder to find the right person if that's what they want me to do."
With speculation buzzing in Mobile about who will coach the Dallas Cowboys in '07, the scouting staff spends its days rating players according to the same parameters they used previously. They interviewed some of college footballs more distinguished seniors using the same questions as before.
If Ireland has a question for Parcells, he has the number.
"He's a friend. I don't know if I'll consult with him," he said. "I'll ask him, as a friend, what his opinion is. We have that type of relationship."
BTB regular DerekSTheRed has a quick diary on some players who have been impressive in Senior Bowl practices.