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Cowboys interviewing former University of Miami head coach Al Golden

Former University of Miami head coach Al Golden could join the Cowboys staff as a defensive assistant.
Former University of Miami head coach Al Golden could join the Cowboys staff as a defensive assistant. TNS

The Dallas Cowboys are in the process of completing their coaching staff, and have scheduled an interview for Wednesday with former University of Miami head coach Al Golden for a defensive position.

Coach Jason Garrett and executive vice president Stephen Jones both confirmed the team has interest in Golden, who has a strong defensive background. The Cowboys have an opening after secondary coach Jerome Henderson left to become the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive passing game coordinator.

“He’s somebody that we’ll talk to, yes. I don’t know if he’s going to join it,” Jones said. “But we’re going to be interviewing. There will be several names to pop up in terms of possible additions to our staff after we lost Jerome. He’s one of them, and there’ll be more.”

Jones said it is a priority for the Cowboys to finalize their coaching staff soon. Henderson ranks as the biggest departure so far this offseason.

“All of this stuff is a work in progress and we want to get it done,” Jones said. “We want to get our team that we’re going to go to war with and start the process, so it’s important to find a really good one. That’s an important position on anybody’s coaching staff is the secondary, and Jerome is one of the best guys in the league.

“We congratulate him on getting a nice upgrade in terms of being a [defensive] passing game coordinator, and that’s a great deal for him. But we’ve got to go find a great coach to replace him.”

Golden, who has never coached in the NFL, served as linebackers coach at Boston College from 1997-1999, and in the same role at Penn State in 2000. He then joined former NFL coach Al Groh’s staff as the defensive coordinator at Virginia from 2001-05 before landing his first head coaching job at Temple.

Golden posted a 27-24 record from 2006-10 at Temple, with two winning seasons. He went to the University of Miami next but was fired in the middle of last season after losing three of four games following a 3-0 start.

Should the Cowboys hire Golden, he would be another former head coach on staff. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and receivers coach Derek Dooley all ran their own teams at some point in their careers.

In other coaching staff decisions, Garrett and Jones said that they expect Mike Pope to return as tight ends coach. Pope is dealing with a personal issue, which is why he is not with the staff this week at the Senior Bowl.

Offensive assistant Steve Loney is coaching the tight ends this week. With Henderson out, defensive ends coach Ben Bloom is assisting safeties coach Joe Baker with the defensive backs.