Jerry Jones plans to pick coach soon

Updated: January 5, 2011, 4:43 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- At the start of Tuesday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he planned to make a decision regarding his head coaching position quickly.

Jones interviewed wide receivers coach Ray Sherman on Tuesday morning and then scheduled another interview with Miami Dolphins assistant coach Todd Bowles for Wednesday.

No decisions have been made regarding who will be the next coach and multiple sources indicate interim coach Jason Garrett is the favorite to get the job.

But Jones wanted to quickly follow league policies regarding the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview a minority candidate. Jones will fulfill these requirements by talking to two African-Americans in Bowles and Sherman.

"No. 1 we're pleased with it and that's the kind of things we wanted to have happened," said John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Foundation which follows minority hiring in the NFL and provides the league with a list of qualified coaches. "We feel these guys deserve this opportunity."

Sherman, who has been an offensive coordinator for three different teams, was impressive during his presentation to the Cowboys organization, which hopes to make a decision soon.

Jones, during a Tuesday morning radio interview on the Cowboys' flagship station, said the team could make an announcement on Wednesday.

"I think we'll have a lot of this done by the afternoon here [Tuesday]," Jones said. "We've been working hard overnight, got a lot set up. We probably won't really be ready to talk about this until tomorrow some time. That will give you a good idea of the time frame."

This is the second time Bowles has interviewed with the Cowboys about a head coaching vacancy. In 2007, Bowles, then a Cowboys secondary coach, was one of 10 coaching candidates interviewed. The job went to Wade Phillips.

Jones was evasive when asked if Garrett had been contacted by other NFL teams. According to league rules, if another NFL team wanted to speak with Garrett, Jones couldn't stop it from happening. But with Garrett under contract, at least through 2011, an NFL team must first contact Jones before setting up any potential interviews for Garrett.

"I'm not going to get into that one way or the other," Jones said. "And again it's just because it has to do, you might even say competition between clubs if you wanted to.

"Our rules in the NFL, if we want to talk to somebody ... Jason, of course, does have a contract for next year with the Dallas Cowboys for right now. Just to talk to anybody that is with another club, there is a form and a procedure that you have to go [through], and I visit directly with the owners of the team and usually visit with the general manager if they're different."

Jones said he doesn't feel the need to interview Garrett because he knows who he is. Garrett went 5-3 in Phillips' place.

Garrett said Monday he doesn't have any plans to speak with Jones this week other than to discuss the day-to-day operations of the team.

After the Cowboys' 14-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles to close the regular season, Jones said he wanted to make a decision by the end of this week.

Jones was scheduled to watch the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Tuesday night and then return to Valley Ranch to interview Bowles.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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