MIAMI - AUGUST 14: Coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an opening week, pre-season game August 14, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
In the interview process leading up to the Cowboys’ decision to hire Jason Garrett, the team interviewed Miami’s assistant head coach / secondary coach Todd Bowles. The interview went well according to owner and general manager Jerry Jones, but he declined to comment further.
General thought had Dallas interested in Bowles, if not as head coach--as was probably never really the case, as from all indication, it was Garrett’s job to lose from the beginning--as defensive coordinator. Had Sparano been fired, the chance that Bowles would be retained by Miami would have slimmed greatly; as it is, Dallas might want to begin considering other options, such as--as Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas points out--University of Georgia defensive coordinator and former defensive line coach in Dallas, Todd Grantham.
This certainly doesn’t mean Dallas won’t continue to pursue Bowles. But, after seeking permission to interview him as a head coaching candidate, the team will have to once again ask for permission to interview Bowles, this time as a candidate for defensive coordinator.
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