By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ Jerry Jones has proven to be a man of his word when it comes to the Rooney Rule.
He promised he would interview receivers coach Ray Sherman and an outside candidate to adhere to the league-mandated policy of interviewing minority candidates before making a coaching hire.
After talking to Sherman for three hours on Tuesday, Jones interviewed Miami Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles for two hours Wednesday afternoon at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters.
“It went good,” Bowles said afterwards. “I’m grateful for the chance to come in here.”
Jones has said over and over that he intends to follow league guidelines to the letter of rule.
He has now done that. Now it is time to officially promote interim coach Jason Garrett to the permanent job.
Although Jones predicted on Tuesday that an announcement could be forthcoming that afternoon or Wednesday, he has been unequivocal in stating that a move would come before the end of the week.
Expect that to be today considering that Jones is hosting the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on Friday and likely wouldn't want any media conflicts with that.
But even when Garrett is done, uncertainty remains in the coaching staff.
Bowles wasn't just brought in for a cursory interview. He is a respected defensive coach, who handled the secondary in Dallas from 2005-2007.
This was also his second interview with the Cowboys for the head coaching job. He also interviewed in 2007 before Jones hired Wade Phillips.
Bowles could be brought back here as defensive coordinator or secondary coach. Part of Jones motivation for the interview was also about picking Bowles’ brain on how to fix the Cowboys defense, which set team records for yards, passing yards, passing touchdowns and points allowed in 2010.
Bowles understands as much but he said he was not yet considering such a move.
“Right now I’m focused on the head job,” he said. “We’ll see what happens there. If that doesn’t work out, maybe something else will come up.”
Phillips was hired as defensive coordinator by the Houston Texans on Wednesday and that could trigger movement on the Cowboys staff. Phillips might try to bring along with him to Houston some of his former staffers from the Cowboys.