Dallas Cowboys: 4 Ways Andy Reid Could Improve the Dallas Cowboys

Bo MartinContributor IDecember 2, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles prepares to take on the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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It is a very real possibility that Jason Garrett could be fired after this season.

That’s just the plain, old ugly truth.

According to Mike Florio at NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, Andy Reid thinks he could be the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Reid has had a successful career despite his horrid season in Philadelphia.

So why hire Reid when there are so many young prominent names available?

Here is my list.



You can think what you want about Coach Reid, but he’s a man that I’ve watched (growing up in Philly) for years. 

He also happens to be a coach that I’ve feared for all those years as well.

The truth is that while there are other marquee names available, Reid gives you a good track record.

In his 14 years of NFL experience, he has a combined record of 129-89 and has had eight 10-win seasons.  Additionally, he’s only finished out of the top 10 in overall record four times.

This season has been tough for Reid in Philly, but the guy is a winner.  He always has his teams prepared and he’s been incredibly productive in the NFL over the past 14 years.


Simplified Hi-Low Offense

It’s no mystery that Reid features a dynamic West Coast offense.  While there have been a few changes towards a traditional offense as of late, Reid still runs a dynamic offense in this league.

One thing that Reid has done is a “Hi-Low” style of offense.  This means that he keeps his offense on levels.  Everything remains in the middle with the exception of a sideline route.  This leveled offense allows the quarterback to have easier reads to make.  This means less interceptions for Romo.

It’s also very hard to defend.

Reid’s ability to draw up dynamic plays in the offense isn’t what’s so impressive.  What makes Reid so valuable is the way he simplifies the game for his players. 

Reid’s offense has made stars out of players like Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb and Brian Mitchell. 

You have to believe he could do even more with the explosive players on the Cowboys roster.


Excellent Gameplanning

Look, Reid is a little chucky, a little sloppy and kind of funny to watch, but the guy is smart!

Reid’s previously-mentioned success is much attributed to his knowledge of the game. 

Reid has coached all over the offense and understands what works and what does not.  His long career has made him familiar with every defensive scheme and he is constantly able to manage an effective gameplan to keep his team in it. 

When Vick started to ruin his West Coast offense, what happened? He adapted. 

Reid can recognize players’ strengths and gameplan around it.  That’s what makes him a strong head coach in this league.

New Focus

The most important factor to this is that Coach Reid would bring in a fresh, winning perspective on the organization. 

Players will be re-evaluated, as well as schemes.  It will force every player to refocus to being successful. 

Reid will come in without allegiance, without knowing anybody.  He’ll draft his kind of players and cut those who don’t fit his style.

The Eagles are known as one of the best teams in terms of player scouting and acquisition.  This is because Reid is a great talent evaluator and is able to maximize players’ full potential.

If Reid were to come to Dallas, he would change the persona and culture of this team.