There are those who believe we shouldn't talk about the potential firing of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (or any NFL coach) out of respect, but I'm clearly not one of them. NFL coaches are public figures and need to deal with criticism when they don't do their jobs well. Is Garrett a good guy? I think so, but that's not really relevant to the discussion.
The reason that Garrett needs to be replaced in Dallas is that he's proven an inability to adapt. If I were a GM hiring the head coach of my franchise, I'd care less about where that person is at the current moment and more about where they have the potential to be in the future.
At one point, Garrett appeared to possess a high ceiling as a coach. We've seen enough of him as an offensive coordinator and head coach, however, to know that's not the case. The Cowboys can win a Super Bowl under Garrett, sure. But it's highly, highly unlikely.
When you look at a coach like the Eagles' Chip Kelly, you see someone capable of truly evolving. He runs a spread offense, but adapted it in the middle of the season to accommodate a quarterback in Nick Foles who is entirely different from former starter Michael Vick. All Kelly did is turn Foles into arguably the most efficient quarterback in the NFL during his time under center.
What makes more sense to you: one coach tailoring his scheme to fit his personnel, or spending years and millions upon millions of dollars collecting the "right" fits for one man's rigid scheme? Garrett is the latter type of coach; his scheme and coaching style make for an extremely fragile team, one that needs everything to go just the right way for it to run without a hitch.
The Cowboys need to go out and find a coach with innovative ideas. One who isn't afraid to take chances. They need one who is analytics-minded and believes the correct way to build long-term success is through the scientific process.
But most of all, they need to find a coach who is capable (and also not afraid) of evolving. Here are four such candidates.