The Dallas Cowboys are “America’s Team”. but they have struggled throughout the 2010 season, and the pressure to fire veteran coach Wade Phillips has continued to build. Jerry Jones has spent a lot of money with the new football stadium and had hopes of having a Super Bowl winning team by now. However, things haven’t worked out the way.
A coaching change is inevitable, so the following is a list of the top five coaching candidates for the 2011 season:
1. John Fox entered the 2010 season with a 70-57 record as an NFL coach. Fox has been on the metaphorical hotseat for two full seasons, and things haven’t gotten better. The days of Jake Delhomme carrying the franchise is over, and the Carolina Panthers have been unable to develop a young starting quarterback to lead the Panthers. Fox’s Panthers were 12 and 4 in 2008 and lost in the first round to the Arizona Cardinals. Since that game, it seems Fox and the Panthers have been unable to get back on the right track. If Fox were to go to the Dallas Cowboys, I believe he can turn things around if Jerry Jones decides to keep Tony Romo in 2011 and beyond. Some in the local Dallas media are pondering whether Fox would be a good choice.
2. Norv Turner has been a winner for the most part, but San Diego has had its ups and downs. Turner is the former offensive cordinator of the Dallas Cowboys when Tro aikman was the Super Bwl starting quarterback. Could Turner make a surprise return back to Dallas? If things turn totally south for Turner in San Diego, Turner may be out as coach of the Chargers.
3. Bill Cowher has been the wildcard and a head coach in waiting so to speak.The Super Bowl winning former Steelers’ coach may be willing to take the Dallas job.
4. Jason Garrett is not likely to move up if Wade Phillips leaves. However, if the strike situation in 2011 goes into the spring or summer, owner Jerry Jones may still make a change. However, he may fire Phillips and keep things in-house for Tony Romo’s sake with elevating the younger Garrett.
5. Jon Gruden is someone who has solid coaching credentals with the 2002 Super Bowl winning Tampa Bay Bucs. He is an offensive guru and could help Tony Romo get to that next level. Gruden has been a broadcaster with ESPN doing Monday Night football games.