5 reasons the Dallas Cowboys should hire Jon Gruden
Remember Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in January of 2013?
In addition to this game marking the return of the Super Bowl to the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there was also another key distinction in this game. It was the first time two brothers actualy coached against each other for all the marbles in the NFL. Nicknamed ‘The Harbuagh Bowl,’ these two highly decorated coaches created one of the greatest finishes in Super Bowl history.
But what if you had that kind of spice in the NFC East twice each year?
Jon Gruden coaching the Dallas Cowboys against Jay Gruden and his Washington Redskins would go far to create a true rivalry between these two teams for the first time in decades. A sibling rivalry between the ‘Boys and the ‘Skins has must-watch television written all over it, right?
Following a difficult 2017 that’s seen thousands upon thousands walk away from the NFL, this organization should be looking to create as much interest as possible for a collective fan base that’s showing serious signs of both resentment and burnout.
One of the most storied and longest running rivalries in the league is Dallas vs. Washington. There’s a reason why the Cowboys and most of the NFC East remained intact during the league’s divisional realignment back in 2002, and much of that had to do with the Cowboys and Redskins.
Adding Jon Gruden’s younger brother to the mix of opponents to anticipate each year would be truly remarkable. We can find all kinds of examples of brothers competing either against or with each other in the NFL – the Cowboys have the latter right now with Jaylon Smith and Rod Smith.
But what we can’t find often is two head coaches sitting in the same division and facing each other twice per year. In fact, I can’t find that it’s ever happened. It might have been a possibility with Rex and Rob Ryan a few years back, but I think that ship has sailed.
Of course, should Jon end up in Dallas you know that Jay will end up fired immediately thereafter by Redskins czar Daniel Snyder, but it could certainly be fun for a year or two.