Here is what future might bring to Cowboys head coach position
According to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Dallas’ head coach Jason Garrett is safe for the upcoming seasons, even though the Cowboys had a disappointing 9-7 year and they missed the playoffs. Jones has been patient with Garrett who had two excellent years, once with Tony Romo as the quarterback and the next time with Dak Prescott under center. But if America’s Team misses the playoffs next year, will Jones replace Garrett? What are some of the possibilities for the Cowboys?
The best coaches
Jon Gruden coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, and after that, he worked in the ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth. Although he wasn’t active as a coach for a while, the Oakland Raiders offered him a $100 million contract, and it is an offer you cannot reject.
In 2006, we watched Bill Cowher as a coach for the last time and ever since that he has hosted the CBS’ pregame show. Could Dallas Cowboys offer him a contract he would not be able to say “no” to? Besides Cowher, perhaps Dallas could bring Sean Payton. He has been in New Orleans for a long time, and after 2018 seasons, a lot of things can happen.
The Bill Belichick Effect
Bill Belichick created the institution out of the New England Patriots. They have been dominating for years, and he has raised the value of all of his assistants. Matt Patricia will be the head coach of the Detroit Lions, whereas Josh McDaniels was supposed to be the Indianapolis Colts coach before he changed his mind and stayed in New England. Some other coaches that shined under the wing of Belichick are Charlie Weis, Eric Mangini, and Romeo Crennel. Although it sounds impossible at this point, perhaps Jones could make an effort and bring McDaniels.
One of the names which are interesting is Mike Vrabel. He played for the Patriots for so many years under Belichick, and after being the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texas, he became the Titans head coach. Besides Vrabel, there is Dan Campbell who became the coach of the Dolphins and saved their season, but now he is the assistant coach in New Orleans. He could come to Dallas, especially since he spent three seasons with the team in the mid-2000s.
Frank Reich who worked with Nick Foles and the Eagles to win the Super Bowl LII could be what Dallas needs. However, if the Cowboys cannot bring Payton, perhaps his offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael could be interested in that position.
When it comes to the defensive coordinators, Steve Wilks was praised for his work with the Carolina Panthers, whereas Kris Richard drew a lot of interest from the NFL teams when he was the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks and team’s notorious Legion of Boom.
Road to redemption
Pat Shurmur had the 9-23 record with the Cleveland Browns, which could be considered good since the Browns had only one win in the last two years. The Giants liked what Shurmur did so they hired him instead of Ben McAdoo. Another coach that can be in this category is John Fox, who had amazing runs with the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers before his poor performance with the Chicago Bears.
The out-of-nowhere coach
Matt Nagy showed his abilities as the Kansas City Chiefs play-caller even though he wasn’t considered a head coach material before that. However, the Bears hope that Nagy could be the next Doug Pederson, who also worked with Andy Reid. Moreover, people had low expectations of the Los Angeles’ Sean McVay, but he proved everyone wrong. Could Dallas Cowboys find a coach who is going to rise to the occasion?
The next season under Jason Garrett should better be good. Or else, Jerry Jones would have to go for one of the options above. Maybe it is time for the Cowboys to see Garrett leave.