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Cowboys Interview Ray Sherman, Rooney Rule Continues To Be A Joke

Current Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Ray Sherman interviewed for Dallas' head coaching position earlier today. Normally, that would be something to be really excited about if you're Sherman. It's painfully obvious, though, that Sherman has no chance (sorry, Lloyd Christmas) of becoming the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Sherman was only interviewed by Jerry Jones in order to satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule, which mandates that all organizations with a vacant head coach opening interview at least one minority candidate.

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With all signs pointing to Jason Garrett being the next head coach of the Cowboys - is there any incentive for Sherman to even indulge Jones by an interview? Sure, Sherman probably wants to keep his job as wide receivers coach and stay on Garrett's staff, but isn't it insulting to be a token minority candidate?

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Sure, the sentiment behind the Rooney Rule great. There's no reason for a head coaching candidate to be looked over because of his ethnicity. It is, however, a complete farce and just a bureaucratic hurdle for organizations to clear in many instances, such as Sherman's interview today.

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Jones said he wanted to move quickly on naming the next head coach of the Cowboys. Now that he's given Sherman the token minority interview, Jones can move as quickly as he wants in naming Garrett the head coach.

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