Garrett the frontrunner?
Here's the transcript from NationalFootballPost.com blogger and former NFL executive Michael Lombardi's appearance on Showtime's "Inside The NFL" yesterday. Lombardi said Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who interviewed Monday, has "emerged as the No. 1 candidate" to replace Rod Marinelli.
Lombardi reported that Garrett initially declined an interview request with the Lions but changed his mind in part because of the Cowboy's waning interest in their $3-million-a-year man.
Garrett also interviewed this week in Denver. He spoke with local television crews after his sit-down there, but hasn't returned any of my phone calls since the search process began.
"I think he's now emerged as the No. 1 candidate, as the guy that they think can turn their franchise around," Lombardi said.
Lombardi also said Garrett, an ex-quarterback and the Dolphins' former quarterbacks coach, is interested in the Lions' job because of the potential to draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick.
"The Lions need a quarterback desperately," Lombardi said. Bradford is "going to declare and come out, and I think that now makes Detroit a very attractive job. And I think with Sam Bradford -- and both you guys have young children. He's made a decision, 'How much better can I be going back to college or coming out in the draft?' I mean, what would you do?"