1-25-02, 11:05 p.m.
BY GEOFF HOBSON
Bruce Coslet's bid to get back into NFL coaching got a boost Friday when owner Jerry Jones invited him to Dallas next week for a second interview in the process of finding the Cowboys an offensive coordinator
Coslet, who went from Paul Brown's special teams to the franchise's head coach during 24 years with the Bengals, met with Jones Friday for "at least a couple of hours," in the lobby of a Naples, Fla. Hotel.
"We met and talked about a lot of different things," Coslet said Friday night. "We talked about everything, actually. Scheme. Personnel. Philosophy. It was good. It went well, I think. He seems like a nice guy. And it's obvious he's a hands-on guy and I look forward to seeing him again."
Cowboys head coach Dave Campo couldn't make the interview because he's bedridden while
recovering from hip replacement surgery. But Coslet plans to meet with the head coach when he travels to Valley Ranch Tuesday for another interview.
"I'm not sure where it's going to go," Coslet said. "We'll see what happens. Yeah, I'm excited about it. I told you the second day after I left that I wanted to coach again."
Coslet didn't want to delve into specifics of the Cowboys' situation, which revolves around a young quarterback and a pass offense that finished last in the league. He said he's aware that other teams have expressed an interest, but he wouldn't confirm which teams.
"I'm happy for Bruce that he's getting this chance," said Bengals President Mike Brown. "There's no question that Bruce is a fine offensive coach."