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Report: Dallas Cowboys Front Office Exploring Options at Head Coach

Things continue to go South for the Dallas Cowboys as they’ve now dropped their third straight game, falling to 6-7 after another disappointing loss. The 31-24 final score might lead one to believe it was a much closer contest, but this game was pretty much out of hand in the early stages of the third quarter. The failure on Thursday night is just one more example of the Dallas Cowboys failing to perform.

Jerry Jones continues to assert that Jason Garrett will remain the Dallas Cowboys head coach, but for how long remains the question.

Per Jane Slater of NFL Network, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones has been exploring potential coaching candidates and spoke with former Ohio State University Head Coach Urban Meyer.

Jane Slater on Twitter

Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett will remain the coach but I can confirm a very real interest in Urban Meyer. In fact, I’m told Stephen Jones spoke with him recently. Lincoln Riley remains a strong candidate & file this name as a possibility Clemson OC Tony Elliott per sources.

Urban Meyer has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys for a few weeks now after mentioning that he’d be interested in the Cowboys coaching job when talking about Lincoln Riley being linked to the Cowboys. Jones speaking with the former National Championship winning coach could have nothing to do with the future of the Cowboys coaching position, but the timing of the report amidst the Cowboys three-game losing streak gives it much more validity.

Whichever way the Cowboys decide to go in the offseason, it’s evident that unless the Cowboys are able to win a Super Bowl, they’ll be moving on from Jason Garrett. Even though the Cowboys still have the inside track to winning the NFC East and making the playoffs, this team has underachieved all year and a coaching move seems inevitable.

The Cowboys will have a lot of interesting names to look at when the offseason rolls around. The Cowboys will have to decide what they’re looking for in a head coach. Retread names like John Fox and Jack Del Rio will come up. So will a name like recently fired Ron Rivera. Urban Meyer and Lincoln Riley are the hot college names along with the potential of Chris Petersen who has ties to Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore.

Lincoln Riley is the hottest college football name in the country after the Oklahoma Sooners have made the College Football Playoff in each of his first two seasons at the helm. The Sooners’ offense has posted historic numbers each year with three different quarterbacks. Those first two quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, each won the Heisman Trophy and were the first overall pick in their respective draft class. This year’s quarterback, Jalen Hurts, has been excellent and will likely be a Heisman Finalist as well. If there’s one area of concern with Riley is that this is only his third season as the head coach, though that experience comes at one of the highest-profile Universities in college football.

Compare that to Urban Meyer who has 17 seasons under his belt as a head football coach. In those 17 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State, Meyer had only five seasons with three or more losses, two of which were at Bowling Green. Meyer’s worked with quarterbacks that weren’t always considered the best passers in Tim Tebow, Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, or Braxton Miller, but his offenses always figured out how to put up a ton of points.

It seems odd that the Cowboys would be talking with other potential head-coaching candidates, but they’ve done this before when it became painfully clear that a coaching change was on the horizon.

In 2002, with the Cowboys were in the midst of their third straight 5-11 season under Dave Campo, Jerry Jones met with Bill Parcells at least twice in December. Not long after the season concluded, the Cowboys named Parcells their head coach.

Could they be getting a head start with Urban Meyer?

The Dallas Cowboys have a young nucleus of a football team with a lot of talent, but it’s become clear that a change at the top is necessary. They’re underperforming and struggling to execute fundamental things on both sides of the football. Because the Cowboys won’t need a complete roster rebuild to take a step forward in 2020, they’ll take their time and do their due diligence in selecting their next head coach.

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

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  1. The whole coaching staff is a mess the defense was garbage a high school defensive coordinator would have done a better job. When did the Cowboy’s defense forget how to tackle. disappointed is all I can say, I have been a life-time fan and with this kind of talent we shouldn’t be losing these games

  2. Maybe the talent is as good as we all thought. True coaching is horrible, but they aren’t the ones not making the plays when there’s opportunities!

    • No doubt. The execution has been bad. But one has to ask, what’s changed from last year to this. Why, all of a sudden, are the players that were good enough to go 7-1 down the stretch struggling to execute this season?

  3. Jason Garrett should have been fired at least 5 years ago.

    Reasons:

    Poor clock management
    Refuses to go for it on 4th down when the situation calls for it.
    Poor player development.
    Too much fealty to veterans.
    Predictable offense.
    Defense that fails to execute fundamentals.
    Too conservative even when the Cowboys have a lead. Jason Garrett views a 7 point lead as something that should be protected, not expanded upon.
    The punt in overtime versus the Texans last season. He should have been fired in the locker room after that decision.
    The decision to have Dak spike the ball against Green Bay in the playoffs.
    The decision to spike the ball near the end of the game against the Rams the very next season. He made the exact same wrong decision two years in a row. And he gets paid millions of dollars to make the same bad decisions year after year.
    The field goal against the Patriots and on and on.

    Can anyone tell me why Jason Witten is on the field during 3rd and long must pass situations?

    Jason Witten is too slow to put pressure on the opposing defenses. He is easily covered one on one.

    Yesterday, there was a classic example. The Cowboys had it 3rd and 8 and Jason Witten was on the field. He was covered one on one and he ran a 4 yard out pattern. Dak was forced to try to squeeze the ball to Randall Cobb in the midst of 4 Bears defenders. The pass went incomplete. How is that good football? It is not. It is bad football. Even if Dak completed the ball to Witten, the Cowboys would have punted. While other teams go with 4 WRs or 3 WRs and a fast TE in must pass situations, the Cowboys trot out Jason Witten, who is clearly past his prime. The cold hard truth is that Jason Witten is no longer an effective football player. Yet, in two minute situations and in down and distance must pass situations, Jason Witten is often on the field. He belongs on the bench in civilian clothes wearing a headset and serving as a coach.

    The Cowboys should fire Garrett and make Jason Witten a coach today!

  4. good piece but cut the BS about them having a lot of talent. Their o line is ridiculously overrated esp with respect to run blocking, they doled out a ton of $ to Jaylon smith who it is clear is nothing without lve, they spent a kinds ransom on Zeke when they shouldn’t have, their defense was putrid and has been for a while, they have no run defenders… ETC ETC ETC. For their ownership and coaching staff and so many other reasons I woke up today having decided to find a new team after following them for 40 years. Feel great!!! Threw away 5 Boys jerseys to start the day. what a feeling! Not giving pt Barnum Jones another penny.

    • I don’t know man. They were good enough last year. They made plays and they would start games and finish games. This looks more like a team that has checked out mentally, which is why they’re tackling is terrible. There’s no desire.

  5. Will you make sure all your players do not take a knee this year. I hope so. I live the cowboys, that are my team. Always, no mater what. Please don’t let them kneel. Love

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