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Jerry Jones Addresses Lincoln Riley Cowboys Rumors

Lincoln Riley standing with his Oklahoma football players on the sideline.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Jason Garrett definitely helped himself out a lot on Sunday night. The beleaguered Dallas Cowboys head coach and his team pulled out a big win at the rival, defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Still, there are plenty who'd like to see a coaching change at the top, especially as Dak Prescott and the passing offense have grown stagnant. Just two years ago, the Cowboys were a favorite to reach the Super Bowl.

One of the top names connected to a potential Cowboys opening is Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley.

NFL teams have reportedly gone to visit Riley at Oklahoma learn new modern offensive schemes. OU has arguably had the best offense in college football since Riley took over as offensive coordinator under Bob Stoops a few years ago.

With the success of young, offensive coaches like Sean McVay, whose Los Angeles Rams are tearing up the NFL, Riley has emerged as a hot coaching name, even as he continues to say how happy and content he is in Norman.

Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones was asked about the Lincoln Riley Cowboys rumors, and called them "total speculation."

From his appearance on 105.3 The Fan this morning:

The Cowboys are still at just 4-5, and two games behind Washington in the NFC East. Garrett definitely needs to build on Sunday's win.

It does seem like Jones will look for a reason to keep him. He has been very loyal to Garrett, who has made the playoffs just twice in seven full years as head coach. Garrett took over midway through the 2010 season.

If he does get fired, expect Riley to get some attention. The same goes from a litany of other NFL teams, including the Cleveland Browns, where former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield is currently starting.