View Full Version : Jerry McDonald: Who's the best fit for the bright spotlight and pressure-cooker of be

11-15-2010, 07:26 PM
Wade Phillips is out, Jason Garrett is temporarily in, and suitors are silently jockeying for position to be the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

In terms of income, facilities and star power, it is the best job in the NFL, but it won't be the only one available.

Other teams that could be in the market for a new coach include Cincinnati, Houston, Denver and San Francisco, and don't rule out Chicago and even San Diego if the Chargers fail to make the playoffs.

Go ahead and assume that Jerry Jones, accurately depicted in one Texas newspaper column as the league's best owner (he writes the biggest checks) and the worst general manager (he doesn't understand how to put a team together), has begun sizing up potential applicants.

If not, we'll do it for him:

Jon Gruden. Two years in the ESPN broadcast booth ought to be enough, and what the Cowboys need more than anything else is a shot of adrenaline. Gruden still is treated like a rock star by the public. He would be huge in Texas.

One drawback: Bruce Allen isn't around to act as a buffer between Gruden and Jones the way he did between Gruden and Al Davis.

Garrett. That's assuming he brings Dallas back to something approaching respectability before the end of the season. Garrett surely watched Thursday night's Baltimore-Atlanta game with interest. He turned down both jobs in 2008.

Bill Cowher. If he stays out any longer, the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach won't be a hot candidate anymore. The Cowboys lack toughness and heart. Cowher could fix that.

Leslie Frazier. The Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator will make the rounds again this offseason and will be someone's head coach.