Dear Jerry: Quit Fighting Perception And Find The Right Cowboys Coach
by Mike Fisher
Thu, Nov 18, 2010, 05:25 PM
Jerry Jones keeps trying to fight the perception that his hands-on style makes the Cowboys coaching job undesireable.
I think he shouldn’t fight so hard … so he can instead simply make a good hire.
Consider the quote from Mr. Jones.
“I will say that before I made the decision with Wade Phillips, I had Super Bowl-winning coaches solicit this job,” Jones said during his weekly show on The Fan in the days leading up to last week’s Jason Garrett-led win at the Giants.
Somewhere in there, there is some semantic elbow room. “Solicit’’? Does Jerry mean two coaches “approached’’ him about it? Or “offered their services’’? Did the actual coaches send resumes? Or did their agents simply inquire?
And this “Super Bow-winning coaches’’ line … that is meant by Jones as an endorsement of their quality. But if it means “Barry Switzer,’’ maybe it’s not the powerful phrase Jerry means it to be.
We’re probably talking about who here?
Dungy or Holmgren? Nah.
Cowher, Shanahan, Gruden and Billick? Certainly, in terms of their agents poking around at different times in the last few months.
Bill Parcells? Do you think Parcells and Jerry have talked about “stuff’’? You bet. About Parcells coming back here to coach? No.
Jimmy Johnson? Same thing … the old associates still talk. But not about this. Absolutely not.
And now to semantics: Remember when Dan Reeves was going to be hired here? Had an office and everything, to be the “assistant GM’’ or “consultant’’ or “Operations Boss’’ or something? I bet Reeves and Jerry had many conversations about coaching. …
But Jerry, what’s the point of revealing a peek at this issue? So everyone will talk about it, speculate about it, and push off of the front pages the fact that this is still -- even after Jason Garrett defied the with that impressive 33-20 debut against the Giants on Sunday -- one of the most underachieving teams in NFL history?