Even after beating the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been nursing a Super Bowl hangover all season, the Dallas Cowboys (4-5) still have a lot of problems unsolved. Would owner Jerry Jones actually make the move to fire head coach Jason Garrett, and reboot this team?
Garrett has had nine years to get the Cowboys together, and so far under his reign, the Cowboys have made the playoffs just twice and have one playoff win back in 2014 when they beat the Detroit Lions. Yikes.
So, let’s just say the Cowboys season continues to go downhill — Who would be next in line to take Garrett’s place? Let’s take a look a list of five potential candidates:
The Veteran: Jeff Fisher
The former Rams and Titans head coach has success in the past, but he has been out of the game for a few years now and the last time he was a head coach, he didn’t have much success. But, that hasn’t stopped Jerry Jones before.
The Longshot: Urban Meyer
Ok this might come as a surprise to you, but why not Meyer? He has had a very successful college career and may want to escape the chaos happening at Ohio State this year. Rumors have already started about Meyer’s health problems, which lead him to leave Florida the last time. Just don’t be surprised if his name comes up if this job becomes open.
The Hail Mary: Sean Payton
Outside of Urban Meyer, the longest of all long shots would be Sean Payton. Payton was an assistant in Dallas, has won a Super Bowl, and has built a contender with the New Orleans Saints. The only way Sean Payton comes to Dallas is if he takes over the role of general manager from Jerry Jones, which is never going to happen.
The Smart Hire: Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy would be a great fit for the Cowboys. He fits all the criteria that Jerry Jones needs in a coach. He is smart, he is a leader, he has won a Super Bowl, and he knows how to pick out good NFL personnel — Plus, he is well liked and respected around the league. The only problem is would he be willing to come out of retirement to deal with the Dallas ownership.
The Next in Line: Dallas DC Rod Marinelli
The person most likely to take the job if something were to happen to Jason Garrett would be Dallas’ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Marinelli has turned the Dallas defense into one of the best in the league despite all their injuries and at least knows the Cowboys personnel.
He knows Jerry Jones, how the Cowboys organization works and he might be the only coach out there that would be willing to put up with the chaos in Dallas.