Dallas Cowboys Lose Again and Drop to 1-4: Jon Gruden Waits in the Wings

M.J. OverstreetContributor IOctober 17, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sideline during a football game against the Houston Texans  at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Seeing the Cowboys lose to the Vikings today wasn't surprising.

I’ve written it before and I’ll continue to write it until it happens.  Jerry Jones needs to seriously consider making Jon Gruden his No. 1 target as the future coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Granted, it’s unprecedented to replace a head coach midseason with someone other than a lame duck assistant, but Jones should at least assuage the feelings of his millions of Cowboy fans by letting it be known that he’s targeting Gruden for next season.

This season is lost, and loyal fans can’t bear the thought of watching 11 more meaningless games without at least knowing that help is on the way.

Penalties, penalties, penalties!  They have finally done in the Cowboys.  And that fact falls at the feet of Wade Phillips.

If Jones hires Jon Gruden, he will have this overwhelmingly talented team more disciplined, and fans can look forward to seeing far less yellow cloth on the field.

The ingredients are all there for this team.  They just need a hell of a coach who absolutely doesn’t accept mediocrity under any circumstances.

Wade Phillips is a great defensive mind with a quiet demeanor.  Tony Dungy was a great defensive mind in Tampa Bay with a quiet demeanor as well.

Dungy left a very talented team in Tampa—was replaced by Gruden—and the team won it all.  Now Dallas needs to do the same, and they’ll win it all.

Gruden can get this team over the hump, too.