With recent reports circulating that former Cowboys assistant Todd Bowles is expected to interview with Jerry Jones for the head coaching job, it would likely be a favorable move for many of the defensive players.
Bowles, who would be the second minority to interview with Jones after Ray Sherman's Monday visit with the Cowboys' owner, is currently the Dolphins' assistant head coach and secondary coach.
Bowles coached the Cowboys' defensive backs from 2004-07 before he left with Tony Sparano and the group of coaches that went down to Miami.
But before he did, Bowles was actually interviewed for the head coaching job that eventually went to Wade Phillips. Bowles was among three in-house assistants, along with Sparano and Todd Haley who met with Jones after Bill Parcells decided not to return to the sidelines following the 2006 season.
Then, Bowles was the first minority candidate to interview with Jerry, who later on met with Mike Singletary, Ron Rivera and Jim Caldwell among the 10 coaches to meet with Jones.
But also in that mix was Jason Garrett, who still remains the frontrunner for the position, one that could be filled officially by Wednesday afternoon.
Still, interviewing Bowles could have some significance. The team does have a vacancy at defensive coordinator. And while the Dolphins only have to grant the team permission to interview Bowles for a head-coaching job, one might assume he would also be a candidate to become the Cowboys' defensive coordinator.
For that to happen, Bowles would have to be let out of his current contract in Miami.
Bowles was a favorite among the players, but his last season with the Cowboys was in 2007. The only remaining secondary players from the team are Terence Newman and Alan Ball, two players whose future remains uncertain.