Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews is interviewing with the Cowboys for a newly created position of assistant offensive line coach. It is the same position former Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell interviewed for last week. Campbell will return Tuesday to meet with line coach Hudson Houck, who is expected to have his duties expanded to include running game coordinator.
Matthews played for Houck at USC. He has been an offensive assistant with the Texans the past two seasons. The Texans gave permission for Matthews to interview with the Cowboys.
Matthews has made his home in Houston ever since his playing days with the Oilers. His son, Jake Matthews, started at right tackle for Texas A&M as a freshman this season.
The Cowboys granted linebackers coach Reggie Herring permission to interview with the Texans. Herring, who tentatively is scheduled to be in Houston on Tuesday, is expected to join former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips with the Texans. Phillips was hired as the Texans defensive coordinator last week.
The Cowboys initially denied the Texans permission to interview Herring, but new Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan likely has a linebackers coach in mind. Matt Eberflus was his linebackers coach in Cleveland the past two years.
The Cowboys still need a defensive line coach, with Paul Pasqualoni having become the University of Connecticut's head coach last week. Bryan Cox was Ryan's defensive line coach for two seasons in Cleveland.
Dallas also needs a receivers coach, having decided not to bring back Ray Sherman, whose contract expires at the end of the league year.
-- Charean Williams