By Ryan Montes
At long last, Cowboys fans can rejoice after the Dallas Cowboys, and Jason Garrett decided to part ways Thursday evening. After a tumultuous 8-8 season, Garrett underperformed when his team needed wins the most, leaving players frustrated on the sidelines during crucial games and even screaming that was heard outside of the Cowboys locker room at the end of one game at AT&T Stadium. During his nine-year tenure as the Cowboys head coach, he managed to get his team to the playoffs only three times, all falling short of the Super Bowl.
It took three total meetings this week between Garrett, Jerry Jones, and the Cowboys organization to decide the fate of Garrett’s future with the team, which resulted in his firing. His coaching record stands at 85-67 (.559) as the Cowboys head coach. Now the team is searching for a better candidate who can take over coaching for the Cowboys. Here are three of the top coaching candidates the Cowboys are looking at:
McCarthy coached the Green Bay Packers from 2006 until 2018. McCarthy recorded a coaching record of 125-77-2 (.618) and a postseason record of 10-8 (.556). He is also a Super Bowl-winning coach (Super Bowl XLV). McCarthy’s resume is one of the reasons why he is a top coaching candidate for the Cowboys.
Former head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Meyer won three national championships as head coach and has coached notable alumni such as Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL currently and former NFL quarterback now XFL quarterback Cardale Jones. Having Meyer coach the Cowboys can work if everything falls into place. He can even get Elliott out of his struggles and get him back to his old self, something he lacked this season.
The current head coach for the Oklahoma State Sooners has a near-perfect coaching record in his three years at 36-6 (.857) but is 0-3 in bowl games (2017 Rose Bowl, 2018, and 2019 Peach Bowl). Despite the bowl game losses, Riley’s leadership and consistent winning can get the Cowboys where they need to be.
Now, this is a gamble. A few years ago, McDaniels was close to becoming the Indianapolis Colts next head coach but stuck with the Patriots instead to continue being their defensive coordinator. McDaniels already has championships under his belt and the Cowboys could definitely use that motivation but they should also use caution if they tend to contact him for a head coaching position after what happened just a few seasons ago.
All in all, any of these coaches will be a step or two above and ahead for a struggling Cowboys team with so much talent. It’s all a matter of who is willing to leave their current NFL coaching job or college coaching job to help them. The Cowboys have the players, experience and talent to win their first Super Bowl in 24 years (I was born the same year they won their last Super Bowl in 1995) and they have winning coaches to pick from right in front of them. Now the ball is in Jerry Jones court, and anything can happen. It’s going to be an exciting offseason for the Cowboys.