Buying or Selling Mike Holmgren to Dallas Cowboys

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Mike Holmgren of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on November 27, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With the Dallas Cowboys reeling at 3-5 under the guidance of head coach Jason Garrett, rumblings of new head coaches have already begun—and a recurring name is Hall of Fame candidate Mike Holmgren

Holmgren, who is wrapping up his run as the president of the Cleveland Browns, is either headed to retirement or will make a return to coaching if the correct opportunity arises. 

In an unsurprising bit of news, the correct opportunity for Holmgren would be the Dallas Cowboys (h/t CBS):

Some sources who know Holmgren well believe Dallas is the one potential opening that would truly interest him, given the competitiveness of the roster, the skill players present and his long relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Holmgren and Jones worked closely together for more than a decade on the NFL's Competition Committee.

As the source notes, Holmgren and Jones have a great past together, so it's a safe bet that should Jones elect to move on from Garrett, that he would look to bring in a good friend such as Holmgren that he trusts can get the job done with the exceptionally talented roster in Dallas. 

As a head coach, Holmgren is 174-122, with his most successful stint coming with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, as he appeared in multiple Super Bowls and won multiple NFC Championships. 

Holmgren didn't have as successful of a stint as president with the Browns, but was ousted after a new CEO was brought in to change the culture in Cleveland. 

Dallas has to be a very appealing option for Holmgren, and it's likely one that could persuade him to postpone retirement. 

The Cowboys have a borderline elite quarterback and explosive weapons around him such as running back DeMarco Murray and receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Defensively, there is a special unit as well, with stars such as linebacker DeMarcus Ware and rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne. 

What has plagued the under-achieving Cowboys to this point is simple—bad coaching. The Cowboys with Romo at the helm are elite in passing yards and total yards per game, but rank in the bottom six overall in points scored per game. 

In a similar manner, the Cowboys are one of the best teams at limiting total yardage defensively, but are only middle of the pack in terms of points surrendered per game. 

An offensive guru such as Holmgren can eliminate the Cowboys' offensive woes rather quickly. More importantly, Holmgren knows what it takes to build a dynasty and infuse a winning culture into a franchise with high expectations. 

We're buying Mike Holmgren to the Dallas Cowboys. The Jason Garrett experiment in Dallas is nearing its end, and owner Jerry Jones will do whatever it takes to bring in the future Hall of Famer. Holmgren will get the most out of the talent on the roster and change the culture in a hurry.