Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – On Sunday news broke from CBS’ Jason LaCanfora that current and soon to be former Browns President Mike Holmgren has interest in the Cowboys coaching job – should it become open in 2013.
LaCanfora stated that Holmgren’s relationship with Dallas owner Jerry Jones is a big reason why the move may take place, and that the former Packers and Seahawks coach does indeed have interest in the position.
105.3 The Fan in Dallas caught up with Jones before Sunday’s win over the Eagles, and the owner says that as of now, he’s happy with current coach Jason Garrett.
“Of course, Mike Holmgren is a heck of a coach,” Jones said. “But the facts are that Jason Garrett gives us an outstanding chance to be what we want to be. So, there you have it. I wouldn’t comment one way or the other there with Mike.”
Jones and Holmgren became pals when the two served on the NFL’s competition committee, and Jones says that the two are “good friends” and that there’s a mutual respect between the two.
“I was interested in why he said he would like to be the coach,” Jones said. “And that was good. We are good friends, have a lot of respect for each other, served on the Competition Committee together for eight years. He’s very familiar with how we operate the Cowboys, and does have a high appreciation for our talent that we have on the team right now. All of that is a compliment. Thank you, Mike.”
Many feel that if Garrett gets canned (the Cowboys are just 4-5 after their win over the Eagles), that Jones will set his sights on Saints suspended coach Sean Payton, who has a history with Jones and the Cowboys.
As for Holmgren, LaCanfora said that he would retire if the Cowboys job doens’t come his way, and for now, it doesn’t look like from the comments of Jones that it will be.