The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. It is great being one of the flagship franchises of the NFL, especially when things are going well.
Entering the 2010 NFL Season, the Dallas Cowboys had the opportunity to do what no other NFL team has ever been able to do: play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Many newspapers, internet sites, and pretty much the rest of the country had the Cowboys at least coming close to being in the Super Bowl.
Those days seem like forever ago.
Now that the Jerry Jones has officially cut ties with Wade Phillips, it is time to try and figure out who will be running the side lines for the Cowboys next year.
I am going to take a look at each of the possible candidates, and explain exactly why they will not be coaching in Dallas next year.
Then, I will put an end to all misery for Cowboys fans, and explain EXACTLY who Jerry Jones is going to hire.
I don't question IF Bill Cowher is going to coach again in the NFL. WHEN he does, it MIGHT be as early as 2011. It will NOT be for the Dallas Cowboys.
Quite simply, when Cowher decided to coach again, he will have to be more than just the coach. He is going to want to make the personnel decisions. He is going to want to put his face on the franchise, and that is NOT what Jerry Jones is looking for.
This is actually a blessing to Cowboys fans. Cowher is GREAT at making the playoffs, but horrible when it comes to winning there.
Though Jon Gruden is a great coach, he is another one that is not fit for the Cowboys position.
Much like Bill Cowher, Gruden is going to want a lot more responsibility and say so, than Jerry Jones is going to be willing to give up.
Add to that, Grudens system will not play to the strength of Tony Romo, and the offense that the Cowboys want to run.
Mike Holmgren is a hot commodity right now, with the Browns winning their last two games against teams that are considered superior to the Browns, the Saints and Patriots.
Holmgren is not going to give up his job in Cleveland to take a lesser position with the Cowboys. If Holmgren does coach next year, it is going to be in Cleveland for the Browns.
I have heard from many different sources that Jerry Jones would be interested in John Fox once the Carolina Panthers fire him at the end of the season.
Fox has fallen apart in Carolina, and it was a shock that he was not fired prior to this season.
The fact is, Fox has been the leader of a sinking ship in Carolina and has done NOTHING to improve the team in the last few years.
If Jerry Jones hires John Fox, expect more trouble in the future, at least until JJ fires Fox.
A couple of seasons ago, Jason Garrett was one of the hottest coordinators in the NFL. There were many teams that wanted to hire him, including the Baltimore Ravens, who actually offered him the Head Coach position.
Jerry Jones persuaded Garrett to stay with the Cowboys by paying him the salary of a Head Coach.
Garrett has been waiting for his turn, and now he has it.
It is rumored that Garrett is not well-liked by the players on the Cowboys. Unless the rumored players that don't like him turn this season around, there is little to no chance that Garrett is going to be hired to be the full time coach of the Cowboys.
One of the hottest, young coordinators over the last few years has been the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier. With almost every opening, Frazier has been interviewed for the position.
Some might attribute this to the fact that all teams must interview a minority candidate before they make an official hire, but Frazier is actually a very good coach.
Frazier could help the Cowboys return to respectability. He is a clone of Mike Tomlin of the Steelers. He would bring an attitude to the Cowboys defense.
Only problem is, the Vikings are going to fire Brad Childress, and when they do, Frazier will become the interim coach, then, after the season, he will be hired to be the full time coach.
Brian Billick is a great coach. He led the Baltimore Ravens to the only Super Bowl victory in franchise history. He is a good coach that knows the X's and O's, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
The problem with Billick is that he has been out of the NFL for too long to come in and command the respect of the locker room.
For the Cowboys to hire someone, the prospect is going to have to be someone with NFL experience. The eliminates anyone that has only coached at the college level.
Jerry Jones is going to hire someone that comes from a successful defensive background. He is going to hire someone that knows Jerry Jones makes the decisions, and is OK with that. He is going to have to hire someone that can command the side lines.
Make no mistake about it, next year, Marvin Lewis will be the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Lewis comes from a defensive back ground. He led the Baltimore Ravens defense to one of the best in the NFL.
He is the only coach for the Cincinnati Bengals to lead the team to the playoffs since 1990.
He accepted the role of just the coach, while allowing Bengals ownership to make all of the personnel decisions, as wrong as they were. While never making a stink because most of those decisions blew up in his face.
He has NO intention of returning to the Bengals, simply because they have no interest in fielding a team that can compete. They will not bring in players that have talent (much different than Jerry Jones).
Lewis is the perfect addition for Jerry Jones because he is not someone that is going to force the hand of ownership, but at the same time, will make the most of the team that he has.