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Cowboys will interview Todd Bowles

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The Cowboys won’t be granting a possible sham interview to one minority candidate before making the hiring of coach Jason Garrett official.

They’ll be granting two possible sham interviews.

In addition to receivers coach Ray Sherman, who by all rights should be the next offensive coordinator in Dallas if he’s regarded as a head-coaching candidate, the Cowboys will interview Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Bowles worked for the Cowboys from 2005 through 2007, joining the Dolphins in 2008.

That said, we’re far less uncomfortable with owner Jerry Jones’ decision to interview Bowles than with the decision to interview Sherman.  As a current member of the Dallas coaching staff who has generated no buzz as a head-coaching candidate, Sherman would have no reason to decline the invitation to interview, if he hopes to remain employed.  Bowles, on the other hand, can accept the interview and gain experience and potentially become an A-list head-coaching candidate at some point in the future.

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  1. sarahpalinhater says: Jan 4, 2011 2:50 PM

    Just like I wrote last week,,,no matter what Black candidates they Interview,,,NO WAY in Hell the city of Dallas is gonna hire a Black Head Coach. So why all this posturing ? Just announce Garrett and get it over.

  2. Jay says: Jan 4, 2011 2:53 PM

    In other words it’s okay to have a sham interview as long as they put on the proper appearances of staying within the Rooney Rule.

    This is why there’s such a huge turnover with NFL coaching. Rather than take the time and due diligence needed to hire a good coach, teams will go for the hot coordinator or big name retread.

    The hiring process in the NFL is a sham until the teams adhere to the spirit of the rule rather than the letter.

  3. skoobyfl says: Jan 4, 2011 2:55 PM

    Maybe the NFL would consider an Indian a minority ? Then they can play Cowboys & Indians, LOL.

  4. dmackerman says: Jan 4, 2011 2:57 PM

    This is one of the dumbest rules the NFL has ever implemented. An NFL franchise is an organization. They can hire who is the best fit for the job, regardless of their race.

  5. lonespeed says: Jan 4, 2011 2:59 PM

    What would you have them do? They have to comply to the rule, right?

    How should they comply without it being considered a ‘sham’?

    Pretend it’s not a sham by interviewing a higher profile minority candidate?

    I don’t understand all the complaining about the Rooney rule.

    The Cowboys have their coach. They are complying to the Rooney rule so they can hire their chosen coach. The minority candidate, even if he’s not a viable candidate, gets experience interviewing for a head coaching position and gets exposure that could help in finding a job in the future.

    Isn’t that the whole point?

    Calling it a sham seems negative and unprofessional.

  6. phamt02 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:00 PM

    I kept wondering why Leslie Frazier got hired with no hoopla and oh yeah he’s black no opposite rooney rule with interviewing white guy required.

  7. clevefan4life says: Jan 4, 2011 3:07 PM

    This is a horrible rule. I’m not an african-american. But if I was and the only reason i am getting an interview is because of my color, i’d be more upset than if i didnt get called. Not trying to speak on behalf of african-americans…just my opinion.

  8. Jay says: Jan 4, 2011 3:08 PM

    @dmackerman

    Teams hire who they want all the time. The Rooney Rule is in place to give minority coaches interviews. It’s not like Affirmative Action where the NFL has to hire a certain percentage.

    It’s a good idea in theory, but when teams only run sham interviews, there’s not much point in the practice.

    Notice how Fewell and Jackson are getting so many offers for interviews across the country? It’s because they can’t call up Frazier anymore.

  9. mikeyhigs says: Jan 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    “Ray Sherman, who by all rights should be the next offensive coordinator in Dallas if he’s regarded as a head-coaching candidate.”

    Just because he gets interviewed for the head coach position doesn’t automatically make him coordinator capable. Maybe he fails miserably in his interview and JJ decides he’s not a fit for OC either.

  10. Jay says: Jan 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    @sarapalinhater

    Why would Dallas never hire an African American coach?

    If Jerry thought he found a coach who would do his bidding and be his Assistant Coach (with Head Coach title) he’d hire him in a heartbeat.

  11. wlubake says: Jan 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    @sarahpalinhater – Why the heck wouldn’t the city of Dallas have a black football coach? They have a black baseball manager and not long ago had a black mayor. Maybe you should stick to topics you know something about.

  12. igster1 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    jj has to interview a black one but the vikings don’t have to interview a white one. what a stupid,stupid rule. danny boy never interviewed a black one when he hired shanny.

  13. mlenenski says: Jan 4, 2011 3:11 PM

    The Rule sucks.

    Then why don’t they institute a rule that each team must have at least one white running back, and one white defensive back?

    Just to be fair…..

  14. larryfinfan says: Jan 4, 2011 3:12 PM

    Why is it that every interview of a minority is a ‘sham’ in your view ?? What is wrong with JJ having a leading candidate (Garrett) and still wanting to check other guys out ?? Todd Bowles isn’t exactly a sham interview and he’s worked with JJ before ??? Get the stick out of your [wherever] and don’t go accusing teams of doing things that are simply nothing more than speculation on your part, not based on any fact…

  15. steelnucs says: Jan 4, 2011 3:14 PM

    Do the Vikings have to interview any black candidates before announcing that Frazier is going to be their coach? Wouldn’t that also be in the spirit of the rule? How about interviewing “Native American” candidates, or “Asian-American” candidates, or Irish American, Italian-American, or Mexican-American candidates?
    My God, this is just about the stupidest rule I’ve ever seen. HIRE WHOEVER IS THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB.

  16. canesfan1 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:15 PM

    I feel bad for these black coaches who know they’re only involved in the interview process due to this stupid Rooney Rule!

  17. boothisman says: Jan 4, 2011 3:19 PM

    dmackerman says:
    Jan 4, 2011 2:57 PM
    This is one of the dumbest rules the NFL has ever implemented. An NFL franchise is an organization. They can hire who is the best fit for the job, regardless of their race.

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    You shouldn’t call other things ‘dumbest’, when you are in fact a moron. The rule does not say a club HAS to HIRE a minority coach. The rule says the club HAS to INTERVIEW a minority coach. And they do that, in hopes that some guys that might get passed over, but ARE qualified, get some good looks.

  18. mhassett03 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:22 PM

    I propose a rule where a team must have an equal number of white CBs and WRs as black ones.

    It’s about hiring the best/most talented at any given spot in an organization. There is no denying that there are more black players because a larger percentage of them turn out to be better. Who knows, maybe Head Coaches are the same, maybe not. Regardless, if you have talent you have a chance to get noticed, and the the further we get from inequality the more racism will fade into the background. Lets do away with stupid rules and laws that are more insulting than helpful.

  19. mikejd12 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:25 PM

    sarahpalinhater ——— I disagree with what you say completley. There are many black nfl head coaches who are excellent. We have half black president so whats the difference. If jones knows he can control the guy (because he is a control freak) and possibly win a superbowl he would hire him i dont care if he was green!!!

  20. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:27 PM

    @JAY:
    THANK YOU!!!!!
    @skoobyfl:
    I hope you didnt intend that to be as racist as it sounded.
    @sarahpalinhater:
    it doesnt matter what color the person/people they interview are, they’re hiring garrett so why ANYONE, especially a minority, would interview is beyond me.

  21. luvthatdirtywata says: Jan 4, 2011 3:33 PM

    Nobody cares about the color of anybody’s skin. Any NFL owner would hire a plaid head coach from mars if it meant a championship.

    the rooney rule served it’s purpose. time to retire it.

  22. bobbyhoying says: Jan 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    The Rooney rule is a joke. Fans just want a winner. Do you think anyone in Tampa is saying, “Oh boy, a black coach led us to a winning season!” All fans care about is the ability of the coach to get the most out of what he has to work with. Morris had success because he’s a smart guy who has done a good job of handling players and managing his staff. Why take away from the achievements of Morris, Tomlin, Dungy and others by focusing on someone’s skin color. It’s stupid.

  23. dtob79 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    So are you going to call every interview a black coach gets a “sham?” Isn’t it racist to think they’re only being interviewed because of their race?

  24. kellyb9 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    I’m not going to argue the Rooney rule, however I do think it can be a bit misguided. I’m curious why Jones can’t simply hire Garrett. He was a temporary HC – he came from within the organization. I look at it as a promotion. I don’t think the Rooney rule should apply to internal hires.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 4, 2011 3:48 PM

    Affirmative action at work in the NFL. It’s stupid in the common man’s workplace, even dumber in a high profile job such as NFL head coach.

    Why isn’t their affirmative action in place in pro sports? I mean it’s kinda racist that most of the NFL cornerbacks and runningbacks are black. I think there should be some diversity at those positions, there has to be everywhere else.

  26. sarahpalinhater says: Jan 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    Many Blacks ARE great football minds, I agree. But no matter what you like to think,,,FOOTBALL,,,Dallas Cowboy football is NOT Politics,,,or Baseball. It’s completely different. And no way,,not right now is JJ gonna hire a Head Coach who is Black. If he failed,,there would be Redneck Hell to pay. Look I am not advocating it. I am just explaining it.

  27. smootysmoot says: Jan 4, 2011 4:45 PM

    As a Skins fan, I really hope they bring Garrett back! They will never reach anything with that Douche either. BTW, Cowboys fans, don’t come back with ur Coach didn’t do much better because i’m not a Shanahan fan….. Yet!

  28. abninf says: Jan 4, 2011 5:31 PM

    sarahpalinhater says:

    Just like I wrote last week,,,no matter what Black candidates they Interview,,,NO WAY in Hell the city of Dallas is gonna hire a Black Head Coach. So why all this posturing ? Just announce Garrett and get it over.
    ———————————————-
    TThe city of Dallas doesn’t pick head coaches. The city of Dallas did elect a gay mayor. That should give even a hate filled (going by your screename) moonbat like you a thrill up your leg.

  29. oumoonunit says: Jan 4, 2011 5:40 PM

    You have been giving the Cowboys a lot of crap for interviewing Sherman, but I think you are off base. The Cowboys hired Garrett after he was interviewed as a head coach. I would look for them to do the same with Sherman now that Garrett will most likely be head coach.

    Now that every team is forced to comply with the Rooney, I find it ridiculous that you decide to call every black interviewee part of some sham. It is a real discredit to the coaches who take these interviews as a chance for greater job opportunities after their years of hard work.

    This would be like me calling PFT.com a sham, because you only started it after you couldn’t get a job on ESPN. You have continued you sham until you got free internet TV exposure with NBC. After you keep this crap show up on the internet, you might be able to get a real TV gig.

    But like I said, you site is not a sham. It was just your only means of moving up in life. I am sure Sherman is glad for Jerry Jones giving him help on his journey up, and I hope he ends up in a better situation than the unpaid-internet-television equivalent in coaching.

    Quit hating on owners for complying with the Rooney rule. Lot of coaches get interviewed, and only few get hired. If you get your name out there year after year, you will be recognized as long as you continue to do well.

  30. oumoonunit says: Jan 4, 2011 5:48 PM

    #
    abninf says: Jan 4, 2011 5:31 PM

    sarahpalinhater says:

    Just like I wrote last week,,,no matter what Black candidates they Interview,,,NO WAY in Hell the city of Dallas is gonna hire a Black Head Coach. So why all this posturing ? Just announce Garrett and get it over.

    TThe city of Dallas doesn’t pick head coaches. The city of Dallas did elect a gay mayor. That should give even a hate filled (going by your screename) moonbat like you a thrill up your leg.

    —————————————
    And don’ forget Ron Kirk. He was the mayor of that town for like 10 years before going on to the house of representatives.

  31. bodybaggame says: Jan 4, 2011 5:57 PM

    Why is it everytime i see the Skelator, he has a drink in his hand? When Fox shows his ugly mug up in the booth calling plays (LOL), he has a drink. Then there was that youtube video, with him hammered in some redneck hillbilly roadhouse bar. Then there was some concert at JerryWorld a while back, and he was talking to the media about bringing TO back. And they wrote the old botox cowboy may have had a few too many. Then again, this is the same idiot who drove Tom Landry and Jimmie Johnson away. Is he going to make the 2010 ” But, they are so talented” Cowgirls valet park cars during the super bowl?

  32. Phintastic says: Jan 4, 2011 7:15 PM

    @ lonespeed —

    Very well said

  33. melonnhead says: Jan 5, 2011 9:34 AM

    sarahpalinhater says: Jan 4, 2011 2:50 PM

    Just like I wrote last week,,,no matter what Black candidates they Interview,,,NO WAY in Hell the city of Dallas is gonna hire a Black Head Coach.

    number 1 it’s not the city of dallas that’s doing the hiring! number two i guess you never heard of avery johnson, quinn buckner and jim cleamons! fool!

  34. melonnhead says: Jan 5, 2011 9:45 AM

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    smootysmoot says: Jan 4, 2011 4:45 PM

    As a Skins fan, I really hope they bring Garrett back! They will never reach anything with that Douche either. BTW, Cowboys fans, don’t come back with ur Coach didn’t do much better because i’m not a Shanahan fan….. Yet!

    you’re one to talk, skins fan! your team has had 3 winning seasons since snyder bought it 12 years ago and only 1 out of the last 5! billions poured into players and 7 head coaches = 86-106 record!

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