Coaching Rumor Mill Heats Up

Here's what we know regarding a variety of subjects regarding the Dallas Cowboys and the coaching carousel that seems to be going on around the National Football League. It appears another team has entered the mix for defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

* has confirmed the St. Louis Rams will interview Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for their head coaching position. However, in the end, we believe that the Rams are looking more towards Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera as opposed to Zimmer.

* has also learned that Zimmer is now a candidate to become the head coach in Oakland, where the Raiders fired Norv Turner earlier this week. No time table appears to be in place regarding a potential interview however. In 2005, Dallas finished 10th in the league in total defense, giving up 300 yards per game. Two years ago - Zimmer guided the Cowboys to the top ranked defense in the National Football League, giving up just 253 yards per game.

* In addition to teams wanting to take a look at Zimmer, it has also been reported that the New Orleans Saints are interested in speaking with Cowboys offensive coordinator Sean Payton. As first reported by the Dallas Morning News Tuesday evening, Payton is a candidate both in New Orleans and with Green Bay and will interview with the Packers Thursday.

In New Orleans, the Saints are also looking at Donnie Henderson, defensive coordinator New York Jets and Cam Cameron, offensive coordinator San Diego Chargers.

The Packers are also taking a close look at Steve Mariucci, former head coach of San Francisco and Detroit and a former assistant with the Packers, Wade Phillips, former head coach of Buffalo and Denver and currently the defensive coordinator San Diego, and also Brad Childress, offensive coordinator Philadelphia.

* Regarding Bill Parcells - the latest information we have is that Big Bill will likely be staying in Dallas. However, he has not yet left Cowboys headquarters in Valley Ranch as he continues to contemplate his future with the organization. The general perception around Valley Ranch is that he will stay at least one more year to help continue to build a foundation for the future with a nucleus of young players.

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