Cowboys' Fantasy GM and Coaches: Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin
There has been a lot of speculation about a change in the Dallas Cowboys coaching situation.
Everyone has his or her own ideas, and some are better than others. But I'd like to throw my two cents in anyway.
I'll try to avoid conventional thinking with names like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. Instead, I'll throw some names out there that I think could turn this thing around in a hurry and keep it that way for years to come.
It's tough to stand up to a billionaire to state your case. But if anyone could have a say that would be heard, it'd be these guys.
I think Jerry might welcome their voices.
Jimmy Johnson Consultant
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Here's a guy that all Cowboys fans know and love.
His famous quotes, "If you're gonna talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk", and "How 'bout them Cowboys!" are still heard in our memories.
What a great motivator, leader, and judge of talent.
Ten years ago Jimmy Johnson would have been an incredible GM. But I have a feeling he's right where he wants to be. He's still around the game, but he doesn't have to devote his life to football.
A part time consulting job could benefit both parties. He'd be just a phone call away.
Troy Aikman GM
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This was a tough choice.
You see, Troy would make an amazing offensive coordinator. He's a student of the game and he sees things as they happen on the field.
But I don't know if Aikman has ever held a clipboard before.
So GM would be my choice for Troy Aikman.
For Jerry Jones, it would generate huge positive headlines. It would be talked about as an encouraging sign of things to come.
The Jones family could still handle the financial and promotional end of things.
Aikman could oversee personnel and football decisions. And he could still advise the coaches on the field from the booth above.
I see Troy callin' the offense from a desk with three or four small monitors and a great big one right out the window.
J.J. should get the ball rolling on this asap.
Michael Irvin Head Coach
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In your face intensity would be a drastic change to the Cowboy coaching staff. But when it comes to football, that's who Michael Irvin is.
I know what you're thinking, "This guy has never coached before."
Believe me, The Playmaker knows football and is a proven leader under extreme circumstances.
And Michael Irvin is a great motivator.
Don't forget, Irvin played much of his NCAA and NFL careers under two of the greatest coaches ever.
He played for the 1987 National Champion Miami Hurricanes under Jimmy Johnson's reign. Then he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and was coached by Tom Landry in the first year, and then by Johnson on their way to two Super Bowl wins.
He's your head coach. I could almost picture him on the sideline wearing a classic fedora(Tom Landry hat) , while gettin' up in whoever's grill he had to.
Some Other Coaches
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I think the big questions are;
Would any or all of these guys come back and try to influence Jerry Jones and his underachieving team?
Do they really need another ring?
And would Jerry consider handing over some of his control to long and trusted friends?
Here's a couple of more that I think would be great.
The Pro Bowl special teams position was created for Bill Bates. I'd love to see Bates coaching special teams for the Cowboys. He's a guy that really knows what it's all about.
I believe Bates is an assistant high school coach at the moment.
Darren Woodson was a big hitter and the Dallas Cowboys all time leading tackler. Maybe some of that would rub off on the Cowboys secondary if he was a coach.
Woodson has been an NFL analyst in the past.
There are a lot of others who I think could contribute, but I'd like to hear from the readers.
Do you have any comments or ideas? Please share them.