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Jason Garrett Will Reportedy Be Named Cowboys Coach

Jan 2, 2011 – 1:30 PM
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David Elfin

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Jason GarrettAlthough it won't be official until a minority candidate is interviewed to satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is about to lose the "interim" adjective before his title, the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported Sunday.

Garrett, who was promoted from offensive coordinator after Wade Phillips was fired on Nov. 8 with the Cowboys a shocking 1-7, has been the favorite to coach Dallas in 2011 ever since. The Cowboys' 2-0 start under Garrett -- they're 4-3 heading into Sunday's finale at Philadelphia --- further enhanced his chances, as did the players' positive reaction to his command. Keeping Garrett also eases owner/general manager Jerry Jones' concerns about paying a big name such as Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher, especially if there's a lockout next season.

Jones has said that he will interview Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman, an African-American, in order to meet the Rooney Rule's requirements.

"For him to even consider me, I'm excited about it, flattered about it," Sherman told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "You never know where life is going to take you sometimes. I don't look at what he is going to do with someone else. I'm flattered he is considering me for the position. I have coached for a long time. I have been around. I think what I have done as a coach has something to do with it also."

Sherman, 59, has coached for nine teams during his 21 years in the NFL. He has been an assistant head coach (Atlanta, 199) and an offensive coordinator (New York Jets, 1994; Pittsburgh, 1998 and Minnesota, 1999) but has never been interviewed for a head coaching job. During his four season in Dallas, Sherman helped develop one-time rookie free agent Miles Austin into a Pro Bowl receiver and also worked well this season with top draft pick Dez Bryant.

Garrett, 44, was a backup quarterback for the Cowboys, the New York Giants, Tampa Bay and Miami from 1993-04, before joining the Dolphins as quarterbacks coach in 2005. He returned to Dallas as offensive coordinator in 2007.

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