ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing a team source, reports that the Cowboys spoke with former Titans and Rams HC Jeff Fisher in recent days.
Mortensen says that while Fisher is highly regarded by Jerry and Stephen Jones, being out of the NFL the past three seasons was seen as a detriment to scheduling a formal interview for the Cowboys’ head-coaching vacancy.
According to Mortensen, the Cowboys are focused on coaching candidates with “extensive” head-coaching experience, which is why they’ve interviewed Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis in recent days.
Mortensen adds that this may eliminate college coaches such as Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Baylor’s Matt Rhule and Florida’s Dan Mullen.
Fisher has said that he’s looking for one more shot at coaching in the NFL, but he has yet to interview for a head-coaching job since being let go by the Rams back in 2016.
Fisher, 61, began his coaching career with the Bears back in 1985 as a defensive assistant. He worked for the Eagles, Rams, 49ers and Oilers before he was hired as head coach of the Houston/Tennessee franchise in 1995.
After several years with the Oilers and Titans, Fisher was hired by the Rams in time for the 2012 season.
During his 22-year coaching career, Fisher has won 173 games and lost 165 to go along with one tie (51.2 percent). His teams have made the playoffs six times including one trip to the Super Bowl back in 1999 while he was with the Titans.
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