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January 06, 2009

Garrett Interviewing in Denver

Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is interviewing with the Broncos in Denver right now, but it may be a while before Broncos owner Pat Bowlen makes a decision.

Bowlen has already interviewed a load of candidates, chief among them Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Bowlen spoke with Broncos defensive coordinator Rick Dennison on Tuesday morning, and is scheduled to talk to Vikings D-coordinator Leslie Frazier on Wednesday.
It sounds like what Bowlen is doing is very similar to what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did before he hired Wade Phillips two years ago - interview just about everybody in football.
If you remember, Jones took nearly a month before he settled on Phillips.
Also, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is still a possibility. The earliest Stoops could even talk about this job would be Friday, the day after his Sooners play the Florida Gators in the BCS Title game in Miami.
Don't be shocked if Garrett is either offered this job, or is at least a finalist. After he was offered a pair of head coaching positions last year it's pretty obvious the guy knows how to impress in an interview. Even though the Cowboys offense took a step back in his second season as an offensive coordinator, Garrett is likely still well thought in the NFL.
What could hurt him is the price tag; he already makes $3 million and the Broncos aren't looking to spend big on this hire. The decision to fire Mike Shanahan will cost the team about $20 million over the next three years.

- Mac Engel

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