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Norv Turner ‘No Hard Feelings’ About Cowboys Job

Todd Archer answers I question I’ve had since yesterday morning: How will being passed over for the head coaching job after being the front-runner for two weeks effect Norv Turner’s relationship with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys?

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the call he made informing Norv Turner he would not be the team’s next coach was a tough one.


“When we went into this, it was not with our friendship and relationship in mind,” Jones said.

Turner said he and Jones will continue to have an excellent relationship even though he was passed over in favor of Wade Phillips. Turner will return to San Francisco, his hometown team, as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator.

Throughout the process Turner said he already had a good job, and he enjoys working with head coach Mike Nolan. In the end, Jones chose Phillips because of his work in the 3-4 defense and his belief that Jason Garrett can mentor quarterback Tony Romo.

“I like Wade a lot,” Turner said. “He’s a good guy and a good coach. I think he’ll do a good job.”

Coaching is a brutal business and it has to hurt not getting hired by a friend. All the speculation in the media that it was Turner’s job to lose couldn’t have helped, either. But Turner’s a class guy and getting passed over for a defensive guru with a long coaching resume softens the blow. That’s a choice of direction–which side of the ball needs more help–rather than men.

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