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2/1/07-Miami

Is The Next Cowboys Coach At Superbowl XLI?

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MIAMI (AP) -Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera may have a job opportunity after the Super Bowl - as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Rivera, interviewed for several head coaching jobs the past two seasons, reportedly has emerged as the latest candidate to replace Bill Parcells in Dallas.

"I haven't talked to anybody in Dallas," Rivera said Thursday morning at the team hotel. "Nobody has told me anything."

Rivera said his wife called him after Wednesday's practice and informed him of the report on ESPN.com. The report also said that leading candidate Norv Turner told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that if he got the job he'd want Rivera as defensive coordinator.

"That's something I'd address if it ever came to fruition," Rivera said when asked about moving to the Cowboys as a coordinator. "Right now, I can't tell you because I don't know anything. It's kind of frustrating because nobody has told me anything."

Coaches of teams in the game are off limits for job interviews until Monday.

The Bears play the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Last year, Rivera was a candidate for head coaching jobs with the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams. And this season, he was a contender for jobs with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons.

"I don't want to be a distraction," Rivera said.

Jones said Wednesday he wouldn't name Parcells' replacement until after the Super Bowl. He already has interviewed eight candidates.

"We've got a good football team, and I've got to get this right," Jones said. "We've got to make a good decision when we select the next coach. We're going to have the opportunity and a plan in place that will allow us to do that."

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