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Patriots Loss Opens New Possibilities in Cowboys Coaching Search

The suffered an early playoff exit last night, which now makes their available for teams seeking to pick off the vine. The could be one of those teams as they've just begun interviewing for the impending vacancy at .

is still technically here but isn't expected to get a new contract for 2020. It was reported yesterday that former NFL head coaches and Marvin Lewis would be interviewed by the Cowboys.

Another name linked to the Cowboys' search is Josh McDaniels, who as of last night was coordinating the Patriots' . While still only 43 years old, McDaniels has been working in the NFL since 2001 at various levels and mostly with New England.

McDaniels' candidacy has been criticized by some after a brief, bad run with the from 2009-2010. He had a losing record, controversy regarding star players and , and will forever be linked with the decision to draft in the .

But that was a decade ago, and McDaniels has been back under Belichick's wing as an assistant and coordinator since 2011. Could he be better prepared now for a head coaching oppoetunity?

Now that the has ended for the Patriots, McDaniels and other New England coaches will be free to . We could find out as soon as today that Josh will join the list of prospects for the Cowboys' job.

But Josh McDaniels isn't the only option that last night's game may have brought to the table.

Bill Belichick, Patriots
Patriots coach Bill Belichick

If you watched the Patriots' loss to the Titans, you heard the constant chatter from and Jim Nantz about the “end of an era” in New England. They were mostly referring to the future of , but could Bill Belichick also decide its time for a new chapter?

The general assumption is that the Patriots job is Belichick's for as long as he wants it, which seems pretty reasonable for a six-time champion. But if Brady decides to call it a career, does his longtime coach want to stay on?

We don't know the exact terms of Belichick's current contract with New England and neither he or owner Robert Kraft have been forthcoming with those details. Some have suggested that, at this point, it's a lifetime deal with mutual freedom by both parties to walk away when they choose.

If Bill is seeking a new challenge, overseeing the transition from Tom Brady to another certainly qualifies. But he could also want to preserve his legacy in New England and take his talents to another organization.

Back in 2003, Belichick's mentor was seduced by the allure of . Fixing the Cowboys enticed Parcells enough to take on the challenge of working with and trying to undo years of mismanagement and poor drafting.

Could Belichick be similarly drawn to the Cowboys job now? It's a much softer landing these days than it was for Parcells.

Of course, the Josh McDaniels option is way more realistic and even one of the most probable outcomes for the Cowboys. But if there's a way to get Bill Belichick to Dallas, you can bet Jerry is looking into it.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Mr. Cowboys 1966

If McDaniels or Belicheat come to the Cowboys, they will probably go with a quarterback that fits their system like Brady. Unless Jerry insists on Dak being the franchise quarterback, the all bets off the table

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