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Source: Garrett brought in for 2nd interview

Cowboys offensive coordinator could be offered job before he leaves town

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett flew in tonight for a second interview for the Ravens' head coaching job, a league source said.

Garrett is widely considered the frontrunner to land the job with the Ravens, who fired Brian Billick on Dec.31.

The source said the Ravens are expected to interview another candidate again, most likely Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh.

It is unclear whether the Ravens consider Garrett and Harbaugh finalists or whether the organization is bringing in another candidate as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Garrett.

Garrett's agent did not respond to e-mails sent byThe Sun.

According to ESPN.com, Garrett also has a second interview with the Atlanta Falcons and could fly out of Baltimore Tuesday morning.

If the Ravens want Garrett, they likely would have to offer him the job before he leaves. That means the Ravens could announce Garrett as their new coach by Tuesday.

Garrett, 41, has been coaching in the NFL for three seasons.

A 12-year backup quarterback in the league, Garrett was the quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins for two seasons before becoming Cowboys offensive coordinator this season.

Dallas finished No. 3 in the NFL in total offense this season but faded down the stretch. In their final four games (including Sunday's playoff loss to the New York Giants), the Cowboys averaged 12.3 points.

The Ravens met with Garrett on Jan. 5 for several hours, but NFL rules stopped the Ravens from speaking to him again until Dallas' season was over.

When the Cowboys flopped in the playoffs Sunday, there was immediate speculation that the Ravens would pursue Garrett. He spent most of today attending the Cowboys' end-of-the-season meetings.

Garrett has ties with the Ravens. His father, Jim, was a Cleveland Browns assistant who coached Pat Moriarty, a running back who is now the Ravens' vice president of football administration. Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' general manager, was the tight end on that same Cleveland team.

By talking to Garrett, the Ravens will end five straight days of not interviewing candidates.

The other assistants to interview for the Ravens' job were: Dallas assistant head coach Tony Sparano, New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell.

Meanwhile, a source said Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan will interview for a second time with the Falcons and could meet with team officials as early as Tuesday.

Ryan is expected to be a strong candidate for that vacancy.


The Baltimore Sun does an outstanding job covering the Ravens. The AJC should really take a page out of their book.

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