IRVING, Texas – Jason Garrett will more than likely be named the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, according to a high-ranking team source.
It can’t happen now because the Cowboys must adhere to the “Rooney Rule” and interview at least one minority candidate.
Owner Jerry Jones has already identified Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman as an interview candidate to satisfy the mandate.
He said he will interview at least one other minority person outside the organization, in addition to other potential candidates.
With an open process, Super Bowl champion coaching free agents such as Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher and Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, if he is let go, would certainly be associated with the Cowboys’ job. But it’s clear inside Cowboys headquarters that Garrett is the man for the job.
He has long been a favorite of Jones’ dating to his days as a backup quarterback on the Cowboys’ Super Bowl title teams of the 1990s.
And in guiding the Cowboys to four wins in seven games since taking over for the fired Wade Phillips after Dallas’ 1-7 start, Garrett has shown to be an effective leader.
The hiring of Garrett would also allow Jones to continue business as usual as the general manager and top personnel decision maker on the team.
John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, whose work within the organization helped usher in the “Rooney Rule,” said, “Jerry is going about it the right way.
“He announced he is going to interview Ray Sherman, and I think that is a good move. Ray Sherman is a quality coach and is deserving of the opportunity because of his experience. And he is going to interview another minority as well. He is going about it the right way. … It is the way it should be.”