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Jerry Jones considers Ray Sherman a friend

MOBILE, Ala. -- It's been almost two weeks since the Cowboys decided not bring back wide receivers coach Ray Sherman to the staff.

He was the only Cowboys coach not retained who had an expiring contract.

In the week Sherman was let go, he interviewed for the head coaching job that eventually went to Jason Garrett. Sherman hasn't comment other than a statement to say he enjoyed his time in Dallas, but it's clear he was surprised by not coming back.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he has a tremendous amount of respect for Sherman and considers him "a friend" but Garrett was given the power to have the final say on the coaching staff.

It was interesting to see Sherman let go. He did have the respect of the locker room but Garrett probably wanted someone he was comfortable with in the coaching offices.

"We never made it a practice of giving reasoning one way or the other relative to any coaching change, apart from the head coach," Jones said. "I won't get into that. He's got a great background, he did an outstanding job here and again all of those are why I wanted to interview him [for the head coaching job]."

The Cowboys interviewed Bobby Williams and Adam Gase to replace Sherman. Gase remains in Denver, he's been given the added duties as quarterbacks coach. Williams remains at Alabama.

Only one coach has left the staff and that was linebackers coach Reggie Herring, who is coaching the same position at Houston. At first, the Cowboys denied the Texans permission to speak with Herring until they hired the defensive coordinator. After Rob Ryan was hired, the Cowboys allowed Herring to interview with Houston.

"I don't want to imply that it's a negative about Ray," Jones said. "I respect him but he's a friend."