Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said today that Super Bowl winning coaches have contacted him about becoming the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, Jones said that these Super Bowl winners inquired about the job before former head coach Wade Phillips was fired.
“I will say that before I made the decision with Wade Phillips, I had Super Bowl-winning coaches solicit this job,” Jones said during his weekly appearance, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
There aren’t many Super Bowl winning coaches that are still living or in shape to coach, so Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com went ahead and compiled a list of coaches who could have approached Jerry about the job.
1. Tony Dungy, coach of the Super Bowl XLI champion Colts.
2. Bill Cowher, coach of the Super Bowl XL champion Steelers.
3. Jon Gruden, coach of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Buccaneers.
4. Brian Billick, coach of the Super Bowl XXXV champion Ravens.
5. Dick Vermeil, coach of the Super Bowl XXXIV champion Rams.
6. Mike Holmgren, coach of the Super Bowl XXXI champion Packers.
7. Barry Switzer, coach of the Super Bowl XXX champion Cowboys.
8. George Seifert, coach of the Super Bowl XXIX and XXIV champion 49ers.
9. Jimmy Johnson, coach of the Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII champion Cowboys.
10. Joe Gibbs, coach of the Super Bowl XXVI, XXII, and XVII champion Redskins.
11. Bill Parcells, coach of the Super Bowl XXV and XXI champion Giants.
12. Mike Ditka, coach of the Super Bowl XX champion Bears.
13. Tom Flores, coach of the Super Bowl XVIII and XV champion Raiders.
14. Chuck Noll, coach of the Super Bowl XIV, XIII, X, and IX champion Steelers.
15. John Madden, coach of the Super Bowl XI champion Raiders.
16. Don Shula, coach of the Super Bowl VIII and VII champion Dolphins.
Tony Dungy has said that he has no interest in the Cowboys job and guys like John Madden, Chuck Noll, Don Shula, and Tom Flores are not even realistic candidates. In fact, out of that list, I would say that only Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, John Gruden, or Brian Billick would be realistic choices.
Regardless of who made the phone call, it is interesting to hear that big time coaches are interested in the job with Jerry Jones still trying to keep control.