NFL: Cowboys won't name coach until after Super Bowl

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Associated Press

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys won’t name Bill Parcells’ replacement until after the Super Bowl.

In his first public comments since Parcells retired Jan. 22, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Wednesday he wouldn’t have a decision on a new coach until next week. Jones has already interviewed eight candidates, and might add to that list.

“We’ve got a good football team, and I’ve got to get this right,” Jones said. “We’ve got to make a good decision when we select the next coach. We’re going to have the opportunity and a plan in place that will allow us to do that.”

By waiting until after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Jones could interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Jim Caldwell, the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts. NFL rules prohibit teams from talking to those coaches until after the Super Bowl.

When asked if the possibility of more interviews meant he would talk to coaches from the Super Bowl teams, Jones responded, “Not necessarily.” He is scheduled to travel to Miami for the Super Bowl on Thursday.

Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, the assistant head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, interviewed Tuesday.