ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Jerry Jones is poised to make a decision about the Cowboys head coaching position, although this afternoon the Cowboys owner insisted that “nothing has changed” in regards to the status of interim head coach Jason Garrett and the impending job search.
This morning, several media reports cited Cowboys sources claiming that Jason Garrett was the leading candidate to be named the 8th head coach in Cowboys history. Garrett has been the interim head coach since Nov. 8, when Wade Phillips was fired following the Cowboys’ 1-7 start.
Jones insists that he is not going to make a decision until the season is over. However, it just so happens that the Cowboys season will end Sunday around 6:30 p.m.
Jones spoke to the media this afternoon prior to the Cowboys regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
When asked if there is a reason why he wants to make a decision about the head coaching position this week, Jones responded “Yes, I want to go as quickly as possible.”
Jones balked when asked if he had already made up his mind, but he acknowledged that he has a pretty good idea of what he will do based on what he has seen the last seven weeks.
Jones also admitted that he wants to follow league procedure. The NFL’s Rooney Rule states that teams must interview minority candidates for head coaching positions. At an impromptu press conference last week, Jerry Jones admitted that he plans to interview Cowboys Receiver Coach Ray Sherman. Prior to Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sherman acknowledged that he has not had an interview with Jones.
Jones is scheduled to travel to New Orleans on Tuesday to attend the Sugar Bowl game between his alma mater Arkansas and Ohio State.