Bill Parcells is slowly inching closer to being the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Parcells and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a second meeting Friday in a Long Island, N.Y., hotel, according to two sources, and there are plans for another meeting following today's season finale at Washington. Apparently, serious negotiations will begin then.
And while talks are progressing, a source said two potential stumbling blocks remain that might derail Jones from landing the most influential coach at Valley Ranch since Jimmy Johnson. The source said Parcells is concerned about who will have the final say on personnel matters and whether he will be able to assemble a coaching staff to his liking.
One NFL requirement is being addressed. A source confirmed Jones also talked to Dennis Green about the not-yet-vacant Cowboys coaching job. That might meet the NFL's requirement that teams interview at least one minority candidate before filling a head coaching vacancy. Green is African-American.
Neither Jones nor Parcells was available for comment. Green, reached at his home in San Diego by phone Friday, declined to comment.
Green and Jones have a long-standing friendship. They have served on NFL competition committees together and talk frequently, which is why a source close to Green said the former Vikings coach did not view the conversation merely to fulfill a quota. The source said Green is definitely interested in the job and that Green is aware he is not Jones's first choice.
The source also said there's no guarantee Parcells will wind up with the job. And while Green becomes a bona fide candidate along with Miami offensive coordinator Norv Turner if Jones doesn't land Parcells, the former Giants, Patriots and Jets coach is Jones's top choice to replace coach Dave Campo. Sources say Campo will be fired when the season ends.
The Long Island meeting came nine days after Jones and Parcells first met for five hours at a New Jersey airport.
Jones did not wait until after today's season finale against Washington to talk to Parcells because, according to a source, he wanted to learn whether Parcells was serious about returning to football after three years in retirement.