The Dallas Cowboys lost to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day and the Bears on Thursday Night Football to start Week 14, and the seat just got hotter in Dallas, and they should look about 606 miles east for their replacement when they bow out in the NFC Wild Card round.
For now, Jason Garrett’s job is safe in Dallas. As tweeted by Jon Machota of The Athletic:
The seat is hot, even if that means Garrett won’t be removed until after they bow out of the playoffs early. Some have suggested that Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley would be a good candidate to replace Garrett. Some may even think that the inevitable choice is Kris Richard. However, there is one name that people should consider, and he’s coaching 606 miles away from Arlington, TX, in Tuscaloosa, AL.
It may sound nuts, but let’s take a look at what Jones has done in the past to make sense of this situation.
Nick Saban to the Dallas Cowboys?
Only four head coaches in the 100 years of the National Football League had won a national championship before winning a title in the NFL. Paul Brown won a national title at Ohio State before leading the Browns to the NFL Championship, and Pete Carroll led USC to the two national titles before leading the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl title.
The other two coaches were hired by Jerry Jones to coach the Cowboys. In 1989, Jones fired the only coach in Dallas Cowboys history, Tom Landry, and replaced him with Jimmy Johnson. He had led the University of Miami to a national title two years earlier. Then, after winning two Super Bowls with Johnson running the ship, and not being able to get along, he followed suit with three-time national champion Barry Switzer in 1994. In 1995, they won another Super Bowl.
Now, Nick Saban would be different than Johnson and Switzer in that he has NFL head coaching experience. That said, the last time Jones hired coaches from the college ranks with national championships, he won three Super Bowls in four seasons.
Nick Saban should top the list for the Cowboys.
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