Just as many questioned Bill Cowher‘s intentions, they have done the same with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has insisted Wade Phillips will return as his coach next season.
Now there is yet another signal, maybe the strongest to date. Despite contemplating it, the Cowboys will not make a run at former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, at least not this season, according to a Cowboys source.
A run at Shanahan near or at the end of next season for the Cowboys still is entirely possible. Jones and Shanahan know each other from the time the Broncos and Cowboys have scrimmaged against each other the past two summers. Shanahan attended Eastern Illinois, the alma mater of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. And when the Broncos fired coach Wade Phillips after the 1994 season, they replaced him with Shanahan.
But Shanahan to Dallas will have to wait for now, according to the Cowboys. Still, as long as the Cowboys struggle with Phillips as their coach, and as long as Shanahan remains on the sideline, there will be calls in and around Dallas for Jones to make his move. After next season, he still might. But he will not do it this season. If Shanahan coaches in 2009, which is looking more unlikely, it will not be in Dallas.