With the regular season coming to a close, it’s time to look to the offseason. What should the Dallas Cowboys prioritize?
It is now Week 17, marking the last week of the NFL regular season. As of right now, the Dallas Cowboys are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Although the Cowboys’ season is not done yet, they have quite a busy offseason ahead of them.
Sure this is one of my favorite times of the year, but Dallas has their fair share of tasks to deal with. Not only with players, but also with the staff. What should the Cowboys prioritize this offseason?
New decade, new coach
After yet another disappointing regular season, head coach Jason Garrett should be on his way out the door. He has been the head coach for 10 years, and that is in large part because of the great relationship between him and owner Jerry Jones.
Garrett has not pushed his Cowboys to anything great, outside of the 2016 season when he brought a team led by rookies to the playoffs. That same year, he was awarded the coach of the year, and rightfully so.
Should a coach that has a little over a .500 record and only two playoff wins in 10 years stay with the team? I certainly don’t think so.
It’s not as if Garrett was never given much to work with. He has had a top-notch offensive line, good running backs, solid quarterbacks, and some decent defenses. Yes, the defense has been the team’s flaw for a while, but it has been good enough to get the job done.
It is up to the coach to make the changes necessary to help the team succeed, and Garrett just hasn’t done that. In the game of football, the head coach is what differentiates a good team from a great team.
Because of that, this must be the top priority for the Cowboys. Jason Garrett needs to go, and a new coach that can be more aggressive in their play calls needs to be brought in. Whoever that may be, is up in the air.
The name that is circling the most is Oklahoma Sooners‘ head coach Lincoln Riley. He has thrived making three bowl appearances in all three years as the head coach. He also won the Big 12 coach of the year last season.
The main concern around him is that he lacks NFL experience. Regardless, the Cowboys should take a good look at him. He isn’t the only college name going around though.
Very similar to Riley, is former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach, Urban Meyer. Meyer does; however, have 14 more years of experience as a college head coach. He has had success with both the Buckeyes and the Florida Gators.
Why not throw Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienienmy and Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus in the mix as well? Eberflus does have previous experience with the Cowboys as a linebackers coach.
The top priority should be what affects the entire team, and that is changing the head coach. Garrett had his time, now it’s time for someone else to get a shot.
What else should the Dallas Cowboys prioritize this offseason? Let me know in the comments section below.