For all the sports talk hovering around if Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett is on the hot seat or not, one subject has been left off of the table. Shocking considering most (including myself) have been so concerned about our current state of head coaching affairs that we haven’t stopped to consider the “what then”. Let’s take a moment and look into the future for a second to find out “who is the heir to Jason Garrett?“.
When discussing the candidates for who will follow Jason Garrett as the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, there’s several variables to take into account. First and foremost is the front office. This will determine the type of HC we’d consider an viable candidate. We know clearly (sans Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells) what type of HC current Cowboys’ Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones wants, but, what if Executive Vice President Stephen Jones is in fact receiving a power transfer?
If this is so (and it appears to be the start of it), then it would behoove Stephen to take that opportunity to step completely outside of his father’s shadow and set the precedent for his own regime. That would mean bringing on a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners type of head coach. This is what the Cowboys have been sorely lacking and, in my opinion, a key reason as to why we’re still sitting on Super Bowl ring #5.
“If and when Jones fires Garrett, he’ll have to make a credibility hire to get the fans back on board. He’ll have to swing for the fences like he did Parcells. He needs to hire a head coach who will instill confidence not only in his players but in the fans as well.” – Rick Gosselin via Sports DFW
We’ve watched several of those types of HC candidates slip through our fingers. I don’t presume to know what’s occurring behind the iron-clad curtain, but, it doesn’t appear that we gave it any effort when we were in position to acquire one of them. Did we offer John Gruden or Bill Cowher one red cent? Not to my knowledge. And Jeff Fisher most likely didn’t get a phone call, either.
Maybe hoping we’d bring one of them in was based more on wishful thinking than on a solid foundation of knowing how our front office works. Hiring Bill Parcells was a huge sign that Jerry Jones was willing to step outside of his comfort zone again. Even if it was simply to appease fans (for once). Alas, that also did not end favorably.