Last week, it was reported that the Texans had asked for permission to interview Dallas linebacker coach Reggie Herring for a similar position in Houston. At that time, the Cowboys denied the request.
Now, however, according to Todd Archer at ESPN Dallas and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, an interview with Herring has been granted after all, and he is expected to join the Cowboys' in-state rivals.
Herring is Phillips’ first choice to replace Johnny Holland, one of three Texans defensive coaches fired after the season. Herring is expected to interview with Phillips and head coach Gary Kubiak today. If Herring accepts a job with Houston he would be reunited with ex-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, who was named the Texans coordinator earlier this month. It would also be Herring's second tour with Houston; he was the Texans' linebackers coach from 2002-03 under Dom Capers.
As Archer points out, the Cowboys would be unlikely to grant permission for Herring to interview unless their new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, had an alternate candidate in mind. Although the Ryan hire has not been officially announced by the Cowboys, this latest development in the Herring situation suggests that its a done deal and that Ryan is already working with Garrett to assemble a staff.
That said, they don't seem to be in a terrible hurry. Indeed, they may be waiting for coaches still working for one of the four remaining playoff teams (3 of which run 3-4 defenses) as well as the annual coaching career fair known as the Senior Bowl, which will be played on January 29.
So, who do you think Ryan and Garrett might be targeting to fill Herring's shoes?