Last week, reports that the multiyear extension agreed upon by the Saints and head coach Sean Payton in 2011 would be voided by the NFL--thereby making the suspended Payton a free agent at season’s end--led to rampant speculation that Dallas might target the Saints’ head coach in the offseason as a replacement for Jason Garrett.
This week, the speculation is centered around the soon-to-be unemployed Mike Holmgren. A report this weekend stated that Holmgren, who is currently serving as the Cleveland Browns’ team president, would be interested in the Cowboys head coaching job, were it to become vacant.
As with last week’s rumors about Payton though, Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones is dismissing the rumors about Holmgren as just that--and, beyond that, he is dismissing any bit of information that would suggest the Cowboys are anything but content with Garrett as their head coach.
"I won't and can't get into that kind of conversation because of how fired up I am about the future of Jason," Jones said in an appearance on 105.3-FM The Fan today, via the Dallas Morning News. "The future is now, but also I am fired up about him and what he can be coaching the Dallas Cowboys.
“Mike Holmgren ... I can't tell you on a individual basis how much I respect him. He's everything you would want as far as a coach is concerned and I appreciate, it was a compliment, when he was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together. And that's just the case. But make no mistake about it. And Mike doesn't need me to say what a great guy he is. Our fans probably need to hear he's a great guy. Bottom line, it's all about Jason with me.”
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