Clancy Pendergast has not officially been retained as the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals, although he remains a good possibility to keep that job under new coach Ken Whisenhunt.
What looks much less likely — if there is any chance of it at all — is the possibility Pendergast might draw attention from the Dallas Cowboys for their vacant head coaching job.
A report on ESPN.com first suggested Pendergast — who coached on the Cowboys’ staff from 1996-2002 — could be considered for the Cowboys job after Bill Parcells resigned.
But as of Wednesday afternoon, the Cowboys had not asked the Cardinals for permission to talk to Pendergast, who is under contract in Arizona. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was busy talking to Miami Dolphins assistant Jason Garrett about becoming either offensive coordinator or the Cowboys’ next coach.
One theory raised by Garrett’s interview is that Jones will hire Garrett to run the offense as coordinator and then hire a defensive-minded head coach, such as Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
The Cardinals, who still need both offensive and defensive coordinators as well as assistants to coach the defensive line, quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends and running backs, made no new hires Wednesday.
Whisenhunt is interested in Cowboys receivers coach/passing game coordinator Todd Haley as his offensive coordinator.
Haley is under contract in Dallas and was given an interview by the Cowboys for their head coaching job Tuesday.