The Dallas Cowboys head into Week 17 looking for a different result than the last two season-ending disappointments. Will they get it done? Well, add the Tony Romo injury onto the heaping pile of pressure that rests on this franchise, along with the prospects of facing a high-powered opponent, and you have the makings of classic Cowboys theater.
Well, now for the cherry on the sundae: What happens to Jason Garrett should the Cowboys complete the trifecta of NFC East championship game disappointments? There are arguments for and against his ouster, but rest assured, Jerry Jones has one tough decision ahead.
As the Cowboys are at a minimum guaranteed a third straight 8-8 season, missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season could bring an epic backlash from the fans. Jones has gone on record and has also sent some mixed signals regarding Garrett's future, but being the joke of the NFL has to weigh on Jones.
So let's proceed on the assumption that the Cowboys do go in another direction and move on from Garrett. Which direction will Jones go in? He basically has four options. He also has to factor in philosophy.
Jones could try to make a splash with Jon Gruden, he can dip into the college ranks for Art Briles, he can hire a coordinator and hopefully turn that into a Bruce Arians-type or he can ultimately hire an experienced coach looking for a fresh start.
With Jones, you just never know what he's going to do, but it's hard to shake the image and disappointment with losses to Kansas City, Denver, Detroit and most recently Green Bay. They are simply season-changing losses, and for this franchise, enough is enough.
So without any further delay, let's look at five coaches who could not only revere the fortunes for this franchise, but could actually flourish under Jones.