The Dallas Cowboys currently sit in first place in the NFC East, but could see that lead slip away in the final few weeks of the season. If the Cowboys fail to win the division and lock up a playoff spot, head coach Jason Garrett could be on his way out.
Several names have popped up as potential candidates to fill the void if Garrett is fired. The three names that consistently come up are all from the college level.
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is perhaps the most-popular name that keeps being dropped. Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and even Baylor head coach Matt Rhule have been mentioned as well.
However, given Jerry Jones’ recent comments, it appears he’s not sold on hiring a college coach.
Here’s what he had to say, via Dallas Morning News:
“College football [coaches have] the lowest rate of success. It’s pretty obvious. They have to get acquainted with personnel. College coaches spend Sunday working; it’s one of their biggest work (days of the week). So, in many cases, they’re not that familiar with the personnel…So you pay a price for somebody to get up to date that haven’t spent the prior months or years in the NFL.”
Clearly Jones isn’t sold on hiring straight from the college ranks, even though it’s worked out for him in the past. He could also just be posturing to quiet the headlines shouting for him to hire Lincoln Riley or Urban Meyer.
Can Garrett win the division and make a deep playoff run to save his job?