John Fox’s days in Carolina seem to be numbered as his Panthers fell to 1-7 just like the Dallas Cowboys. John Fox always seems to get the most out of his players as he was able to coach the Panthers to one Superbowl and two NFC Championship games with Jake Delhomme as his quarterback. Fox also believes in the running game which has been lacking in Dallas all season. The running game has always been vital for the Cowboys success and Fox could be the one to get that back on track. Fox isn’t the kind of coach that will tolerate any drama and will stress discipline. Fox isn’t the big name coach (on the plus side it could help steer away more distractions), but could be a great fit in Dallas.
Jon Gruden brings along an impressive resume as he was able to win a Super Bowl in his first season as head coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden is an excellent quarterbacks coach and isn’t the kind of guy that tolerates mental mistakes. He stresses discipline which has always been a major issue for Dallas in the past. Gruden could be the young charisma the Cowboys desperately need. Gruden is currently in the broadcast booth for ESPN, but look for Chucky to find his way back into coaching sometime real soon.
Brian Billick hasn’t been coaching in the league since he was fired from the Ravens in 2007, but he too, carries a winning resume. Billick was known for being an offensive guru back from his days as an offensive coordinator in Minnesota but it was his Ravens’ defense which has gained him recognition. Billick was able to bring a Super Bowl trophy back Baltimore with hard nosed football; playing physical defense and running the ball. His style of play and aggressive nature would help spring the Cowboys in the right direction.
Brian is an up and coming young offensive coordinator for the Jets and has been mentioned as a head coaching candidates for plenty of teams over the past couple of years. After this season he may very well be a hot commodity. He is the son Marty Schottenheimer and brings along a ton of football knowledge. He has also been given praise for the developments of All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees and Mark Sanchez. He was able to get struggling Sanchez to play his best football in the playoffs last season, as he led the Jets to the AFC Championship game as a rookie. Brian brings lots of football experience and could be an excellent fit in Dallas for a young promising coach.
Cowher hasn’t coached since stepping down in 2006 after leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a Superbowl. Cowher brings the mentality of an aggressive defense and smash mouth football. The Steelers’ have always been a feared defense in this league. The only problem I see with Cowher coming to Dallas is the clash of personalities between him and Jerry Jones. Cowher is the type of coach who loves to have power and be in full control. Jerry might not think otherwise.
And NO, Jason Garrett is not the answer.