Cowboys interview Todd Bowles

Updated: January 6, 2011, 9:53 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys conducted their second interview for the head-coaching job at their Valley Ranch facility on Wednesday when Miami Dolphins assistant coach Todd Bowles talked for nearly two hours.

Bowles said the interview went well.

"It was like old times, no different," said Bowles, who was a secondary coach for the Cowboys from 2005 to 2007. "We had a good talk. They have a lot to think about. It went good and I was grateful for the chance to come in here and I'm thankful [Jerry Jones] thought enough of me to come in here and interview so that was good."

The Cowboys have interviewed wide receivers coach Ray Sherman and now Bowles to satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates. However, multiple sources have said interim coach Jason Garrett is the favorite to get the job full-time.

Bowles said he didn't think the Cowboys came across as if they were wasting his time with an interview because they showed a genuine concern for what he had to say.

It's the second time Bowles has interviewed for a head-coaching position with the Cowboys. In 2007, after Bill Parcells retired, Bowles was one of 10 candidates to interview.

Jones selected Wade Phillips as the coach and Bowles remained as the secondary coach that season before leaving to coach with the Dolphins.

"The familiarity was good but it was three years ago," Bowles said. "So you just want to come back. We've matured obviously and they learned more. So the team went in another direction and we got familiar with each other again. A lot of the personnel is different. So I was happy with the talk."

If Bowles doesn't get the head-coaching position, there's a chance he could become the defensive coordinator if the staff in Miami gets released due to the firing of Tony Sparano. Bowles, a disciple of Parcells, is quite familiar with the 3-4 defense.

Jones said Monday he would like to move quickly in this process of replacing Phillips so he can concentrate on the draft and other things.

The uncertainty of the collective bargaining agreement makes it hard for teams to determine who will be available in free agency and whether or not there will be a salary cap. Jones and the new coach must decide whom to re-sign from the current roster. The Cowboys have a roster that has three defensive linemen, a starting left guard and a starting strong safety who will become unrestricted free agents.

Jones has said a new coach could be in place by the end of the week and indicated an announcement could come Wednesday. Bowles said Jones did not give him a timeframe as to when he will name a coach.

But the Cowboys owner wants to go through the process before finally giving the job to someone.

Wednesday was Bowles' turn to offer Jones what he could do.

"We had a good talk," Bowles said. "A really good talk."

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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