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Garrett may be opening act for Jones at combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is set to talk to the media today at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It will be his first public interview since Jan. 6, when he was announced as the eighth coach in franchise history.

It will also be the first time for the media to query Garrett about his decision to fire popular receivers coach Ray Sherman and how he will work with bombastic new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who appears to be a direct contrast to the head coach's buttoned-down style.

But Garrett will only serve as the warm-up act for the weekend; the most anticipated Cowboys interview will be owner Jerry Jones.

At past combines, Jones has usually given the local media a state-of-the-union breakdown of the team's needs and plans for the draft and free agency.

Considering that Jones has not talked to the media since the Super Bowl seating fiasco, there is a question of whether he will make himself available.

If he does, Jones would surely have to address the problems with Super Bowl XLV and Cowboys Stadium for the first time.

He released a statement the day after the game, but has yet to make himself available for questions.

According to the NFL, the Cowboys were given more authority during this year's Super Bowl than any past host team. In addition to waiting until less than a month before the Super Bowl to request a permit to install temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium, it was the Cowboys who hired the company that failed to complete the job.

As far as football is concerned, the Cowboys, who were 6-10, head into the combine needing help on the offensive line and at defensive end, cornerback and safety.

They have the ninth pick in the first round, giving them their highest pick since cornerback Terence Newman was selected fifth overall in 2003.

The Cowboys might go after a cornerback again in 2011. Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara is considered a likely target, along with defensive ends Marcell Dareus (Alabama), Robert Quinn (North Carolina) and Cameron Jordan (California).

Clarence E. Hill Jr.