With the way the Cowboys are playing, it is certainly not too early to think of replacements for head coach Jason Garrett.
After dropping their sixth game in nine games, the Cowboys are trending towards the dismissal of Garrett at the end of the season, even if the team wins the division. The Cowboys started off the season 3-0, but are now 6-6 after losing 26-15 on Thanksgiving to the Buffalo Bills.
The once upon a time Super Bowl contenders are likely just a fairy tale.
ESPN’s Ed Werder and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport have confirmed that the Cowboys ownership will not make a move to remove Garrett during the regular season, but according to Mike Freeman, owner Jerry Jones already had two candidates in mind.
“If Dallas fails to win a Super Bowl, Jones will reportedly turn to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.”
The names are certainly different than the rumors in October. After the Cowboys dropped their third game in a row to drop to 3-3 on the season, the team was rumored to be interested in promoting passing game coordinator Kris Richard, who had interviews this past offseason from the Dolphins and the Bengals.
Instead, the Cowboys defense has looked dismal at times, and now many may wonder Richard will even have a job after this season. The same goes for offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
Meyer has not coached this past season after stepping down from Ohio State University, but if the Cowboys wanted to pluck a coach from the college ranks, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley could be a highly sought out commodity.
After runs with the likes of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and now Jalen Hurts, Riley has shown that he can develop quarterbacks. Having quarterback Dak Prescott in his prime, the Cowboys could resign Prescott and pair him to a quarterbacks coach.
The Cowboys could go on a run in their final four games, but fans have been saying “could” all this season, and look where the team has ended up.