He’s a shrewd one, that Jerry Jones. The Cowboys owner brought in Miami assistant Todd Bowles last night to interview for the head coaching gig. But with Jason Garrett likely to be named the permanent head coach of the team as soon as today, the Double J has decided to make these additional interviews more than just a cursory obligation. David Moore at the Dallas Morning News says Bowles is being considered more for the defensive coordinator spot than the head coach:
The Cowboys' interest in Bowles has more to do with the position of defensive coordinator than it does head coach.
There is a precedent for what is likely to unfold. In 2007, the Cowboys received permission from the Dolphins to interview Garrett for their head coaching vacancy, even though it was the club's intention to hire him as offensive coordinator. It appears the same strategy is in place again.
Bowles is cut from the same cloth as Garrett. He is firm and demanding without being confrontational.
Oh, I like those attribute in a coach. He’s driven, but he’s NOT a bastard. You’d be shocked at how hard it is to find that sort of combination.
Bowles played eight years as a safety in the NFL and worked with the Cowboys back in 2005-2008 as the team’s secondary coach (Bill Parcells hired him) before jumping over to the Dolphins. Now he’s likely on his way back, and that may not be the end of the defensive staff shakeup. Packers assistant Winston Moss was also mentioned on Jerry’s short list of interviewees, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the team also tried to bring him on board to serve under Bowles and Garrett, along with numerous other additions.
This pass defense was historically miserable this year, and turning it around will be the key to Dallas bouncing back in 2011. Say what you will about the Double J, he certainly isn’t dragging his heels when it comes to figuring out which people will be the best to help fix it.