With Mike Holmgren on his way out as Cleveland Browns president, speculation has shifted to where the former Super Bowl champion coach will land next.
One of those spots could be the Dallas Cowboys, should coach Jason Garrett be fired after the season. Holmgren has known owner Jerry Jones for many years.
Holmgren attempted to quiet that talk Monday, telling the Cleveland media that he has spoken to anyone about his future.
"I haven't booked my tickets to Dallas," Holmgren said. "I haven't talked to a single soul. That's the first thing. The second thing is I honestly don't know what the future holds or what I want to do. Honestly. Believe me on that. Thirdly, I've always been, quite honestly, bothered by the speculation during the season when coaches are trying to work and they're fighting like crazy for their jobs, and I would never do that. I would never do that to anybody. I have tremendous respect for obviously Jason Garrett."
For his part, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan that Garrett is his guy.
"I can't get into that conversation because of how fired up I am about the future of Jason," Jones said. "The future is now. I'm fired about him and what he can be as coach of the Cowboys. Mike Holmgren is someone I can't tell you on an individual basis how much I respect. He is everything you would want as far as a coach is concerned. I appreciate the compliment when he was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact the fact that we could work together. That is just the case. But the bottom line is it's all about Jason with me."