We are only days removed from watching Wade Phillips walk the sidelines on Sundays, but it’s not too early to take a look at another coaching candidate. In our Part 1 series, we took a look a Panthers’ defensive coordinator Ron Meeks as a possible replacement for Phillips. Now let’s look at a few more coaching candidates for the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s easy to yell from the mountain tops for the obvious top coaches to come to Jerry World. We’ve heard about the Bill Cowher’s and the Jon Gruden’s of the world but often times retread coaches cannot repeat the same success they experienced earlier in their career. That’s why the Cowboys need to think outside the box. Hire a coach that has something to prove. Hire a guy that can bring some new ideas and a new level of enthusiasm to the team. Look how the New Orleans Saints fared when they decided to give a guy by the name of Sean Payton a chance. In 1979 the San Francisco 49ers took a chance on a guy name of Bill Walsh who led them to their first Super Bowl victory within his first three years.
These stories provide a great example of why the Cowboys should take a chance on guy like Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings defense was ranked 2nd against the run and recorded 48 sacks in 2009. The defense has been the strength of that team since his arrival in 2007. Frazier is considered among the best coordinators in the NFL. It’s a shame he has not been offered a head coaching job yet.
Another candidate for the Cowboys is the Oklahoma Sooners’ head coach Bob Stoops. Stoops has been rumored to be a good friend of Jerry Jones and may be the top candidate from the college ranks. His record at OU is 125-31 which includes the National Championship in 2000. We know that Jerry is going to want a coach that won’t require total control over the team. He experienced that years ago with Parcells and we know that didn’t last too long.
One college coach that could be in the mix is LSU head coach Les Miles. This would be a terrible hire for the Cowboys because Miles has shown that his head coaching skills are severely questionable. The fans in the Bayou have been shouting for his firing for almost two years now. Miles has not shown the ability to develop his talent at LSU and is always the topic of bad clock management and play-calling controversies. Miles’ teams have won because of talent and despite his coaching. Jerry should stay away from Les Miles for the sake of having a competent coach on the field.
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