Despite the fact that owner and general manager Jerry Jones has stated otherwise, it's widely believed that head coach Jason Garrett is coaching for his life in 2013.
If this is true, here's a look at the top five candidates who could replace Garrett as the ninth head coach in franchise history—the eighth such hire for Jones.
If this scenario comes to pass following the 2013 NFL regular season, there are a few directions that Jones can take. He has taken each one before.
Jones could opt to dip into the college ranks to find his next man. There is big splash potential in this direction. Jones could also look for a previous NFL coach who's not currently employed, and there's a reasonable short list of options.
Jones could also promote from within the organization as there's a plethora of head coaching experience and credentials already on staff that dwarf fourth-year veteran Garrett. There's also the possibility that Jones could look around the league at other coaching staffs, but I doubt this will be preferred, especially if the candidate has no previous head coaching experience.
I may regret it later, but I'm leaving off the name Bill Cowher for two reasons.
First off, Cowher hasn't coached since the 2006 season and having just turned 56 as of May, I'm having more and more doubts that he'll end up coming back to the NFL to coach. That broadcast booth is pretty cozy by now—and so is that paycheck.
Second, I can't imagine Jones and Cowher being able to work together in the same room. Granted, I never would have thought that Jones and Bill Parcells could unite either, which they obviously did. Cowher just doesn't seem like a likely candidate despite the fact that he's easily the best one.
But there's still names out there from each category mentioned above, and if a move is made next offseason, remember these potential replacements for Garrett.