Rob Ryan spent a considerable part of the day in Dallas Cowboys offices interviewing for the open defensive coordinator position, and time spent should equate to getting a job.
The Cowboys obviously liked what they heard from the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator. Foxsports.com reported Friday evening that the Cowboys have begun formal negotiations to offer Ryan a job.
The Star-Telegram confirmed that there have been negotiations although no deal has been reached.
Ryan, who spent at least six hours at Valley Ranch -- which is longer than previous candidates, was seen in the hallways several times, including twice with head coach Jason Garrett, who was likely escorting him to meet other Cowboys officials. They did not, however, stop to make comments.
The Cowboys may feel like they need to make a quicker decision on Ryan. Two candidates for the job already have taken other positions and a third seems close.
San Francisco 49ers assistant Greg Manusky, who interviewed in Irving on Wednesday, accepted the job as San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator on Friday.
Paul Pasqualoni, who was the Cowboys defensive coordinator the last eight games of the season, returned to college coaching when he accepted the head coaching job at the University of Connecticut on Thursday.
And Stanford assistant Vic Fangio, who interviewed with the Cowboys earlier this week, is apparently going to follow Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers
The Cowboys have received permission to speak with Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton, but he may not be interviewed if a deal is reached with Ryan.
Ryan is part of the colorful football family led by father Buddy and twin brother Rex, the coach of the New York Jets.
Rob has coached in the NFL for 12 years, the last two in Cleveland. He also was the Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator for five years.
-- Jan Hubbard and Charean Williams