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Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

Posted on: January 9, 2011 5:44 pm
Dallas WR coach Ray Sherman will not be returning next season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Ray Sherman has had an up and down 2011 so far.

The Cowboys WR coach interviewed for Dallas’ open head coaching spot - which wasn’t really open at all, because it was going to be Jason Garrett’s gig all along – and apparently, he was impressive. And just because he was, for all intents and purposes, a Rooney Rule candidate, he probably was hoping he would have a chance to win Garrett’s old gig as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.

Apparently, that’s not going to happen. And oh yeah, he’s not going to have a job with the Cowboys either.

That’s according to ESPN Dallas’ Calvin Watkins who writes Sherman is Garrett’s first coaching casualty.

Although Sherman was well-respected by coaches and players, this sorta sounds like a case where Garrett wants to bring in his own coaches as opposed to working with the ones hired by Wade Phillips.

Plus, Sherman was known as the buffer between players like Terrell Owens and Garrett. So, when Owens wanted to bitch about Garrett’s offense, he’d complain to Sherman, who then would try to calm down the volatile receiver. Watkins also writes, “Sherman also created 'Keepin' it Real' Thursdays where the wide receivers could vent about what was troubling them.”

Maybe that bond with the players was seen by Garrett as a weakness or as non-authoritarian or something that would undermine his position as head coach.

But considering Sherman had strong relationships with current Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, this move might not sit so well with some of Dallas’ best offensive players.

Sherman, meanwhile, talked to Josina Anderson of Fox 31 Sports in Denver. Here’s the statement he gave her.

"My contract with the Dallas Cowboys is expiring at the end of the season. I appreciate the opportunity that the Cowboys have given me. I was able to coach a great group of receivers who now have a tremendous foundation, giving them the ability to continue to excel for years to come in the NFL."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:31 pm

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:26 pm
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Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:54 pm
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Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:58 am

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

"I hate being THAT guy, but, "Irregardless?" Really?"

I hate being THAT guy but he was talking to a poster named "irregardless", LOL....

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:12 pm

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

One thing they need to change about Rooney rule is this. If going to hire a coach like Garret already a Cowboy coach then don't require they interview a minority canidate. Its total waste of time when a team hires someone already on the staff. If not hiring a new head coach from current staff then require they at least talk with minorities. It such a farce when we all knew Garrett was going to be the head coach. It's also clear like any new Head Coach he wants a new staff he hired.

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:38 pm

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

Why does it have to be about race? Why can it not be about the majority of chemistry problems the Cowboys had came from the wide outs? T.O., Patrick Crayton, Roy E. Williams to name a few...If you can't govern your own position as a coach, how the hell are you going to be the OC muchless the head coach? Race is always the cop out! We can't judge anyone anymore based on their merits. Has to be something else that they can't control unlike their actions?.....Sad.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:13 pm

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

Ray Sherman...didn't he used to coach the Packers? Anyway, why would he assume that he would be named the Offensive Coordinator? Usually teams promote the QB coach because of the rapport developed between coach and player. Naming Sherman the OC would only make sense if TO or Bryant were to play QB. But they don' least not in the foreseeable future. Besides, any normal person would not stay with a team that bypassed him for a head coaching job especially if he was the "token" minority they had to interview in order to comply with the seriously outdated Rooney Rule. 
Let's also consider that Garrett is the offensive genius behind the Cowboys and how Sherman would feel "doing his job" but calling plays Garrett tells him to call? 
Sherman leaving the Cowboys is the best thing for him. He was not taken seriously for the head coaching job, he won't be calling his own plays. He is associated with Wade "Don't call me Bum" Phillips. He needs to start fresh. Perhaps he can work for the 49ers. If David Shaw does not follow Harbaugh to the 49ers Harbaugh needs a capable OC. Sherman worked for the 49ers for a few years so he is no stranger to the organization. Yes, he might not have experience working with QBs or calling plays, but isn't it about time that he start? I wish Ray Sherman nothing but the best. The Rooney Rule has done more harm than good. I firmly believe that the Rooney Rule needs to be replaced with something more representative of today's working environment. The NFL should have a list of people who would like to become head coach. Whenever there is a head coaching job open interim or otherwise NFL teams have to select 10 people to consider for their job. Then they will have to narrow the group to 5 "qualified candidates". Once that is accomplished a person from the NFL tasked with the Rooney Rule compliance will sit in on interviews for all "qualified" candidates. If the NFL guy senses something is not right he will inform Goodell who will inform the team that they need to get their act together. If that does not work then the team will lose draft picks and be fined several millions dollars for making a mockery of the Rooney Rule. There is some confusion as to whether teams that have fired a minority head coach can bypass the Rooney Rule. As far as I can tell they should not be able to bypass it because like they say about the lottery "every draw is different and is not dependent on any previous outcomes". The 49ers fired Mike Singletary, but I would have liked to see them interview Ron Rivera or Perry Fewell. Who knows they might be actually know what it takes to be a NFL head coach.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 7:52 pm

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

I hate being THAT guy, but, "Irregardless?" Really?

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 7:27 pm

Thanks for interviewing, Ray Sherman. See ya!

irregardless - the rooney rule at least gets these coaches in front of people, which can and does lead to hirings.  (Just look at Tomlin, a previously unknown coach who was so impressive in his interview that the Steelers signed him).  While certainly most interviews are of the "token" variety, on occasion people like Tomlin and Leslie Frazier are so impressive that the positive buzz starts and they greatly improve their chances when future jobs open up.  The rule is still necessary and in many ways the rule works. 

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 6:13 pm


  It makes perfect sense now why the Cowboys brought in Todd Bowles.  They actually interviewed two black guys; but then fired one of them from his other job.  Sure his contract was expiring; but let's face it, he would have come back had another contract been offered.  They should have just interviewed Bowles to avoid the "black" mark on the rooney rule.  

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