Odds To Be Next Head Coach Of The Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys, for better or worse, are a centerpiece of attention in the NFL. The ratings and revenue for the league are infinitely better when they are at least competitive but after another debacle of a loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football, oddsmakers can see the obvious and are already projecting who will replace head coach Jason Garrett.
He would be a clear step up from Jason “The Clapper” Garrett, who has been in this role since 2010 and is the second-longest tenured head coach in Cowboys history behind the great Tom Landry.
Why Josh McDaniels Is The Favorite
Offensive ingenuity, quarterback whisperer, steady presence – these are all the qualities NOT used to describe current Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. However, they would be used to define Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels has won six Super Bowl championships with the Patriots in his career and while some may attribute his success to being an assistant under Bill Belichick and having Tom Brady as his quarterback, the fact remains that his offensive schemes have kept the Patriots ahead of the curve and they likely wouldn’t have been successful if he wasn’t on the sideline calling the plays.
Of all the candidates on the list, he would likely be the most experienced in the NFL in terms of assistant and head coaching experience (Yes, I know Sean Payton is on the list but he isn’t leaving New Orleans, so let’s put that to rest).
In his first season as coach of the Denver Broncos, he led them to a 5-0 SU start while beating the Patriots along the way. But the Broncos suffered a lot of injuries and the success trailed off.
With the Patriots’ behind-the-scenes drama unfolding and the potential of Tom Brady moving on from New England, now would be the best time for McDaniels to strike while the iron is hot.
If Not McDaniels, Then Who?
Of all the college candidates on the list, the one that immediately jumps out that would be considered a sexy pick is Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley. The Sooners have routinely been near the top in college football for offensive efficiency and his last two quarterbacks, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, won the Heisman Trophy while going No. 1 in their respective NFL drafts.
However, the knock on Riley is that he’s only coached in the college ranks and with only three seasons under his belt in the NCAA, there’s skepticism that his methods would translate to the professional level. Some of his detractors argue that his success is predicated on the fact that he had such good-quality quarterbacks in his time in Oklahoma while playing in an offense-heavy conference like the Big 12, where games routinely see totals in the 70s.
Outside of McDaniels, another hyped assistant who is definitely going to have a head coaching job in the NFL next season is San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The bald but jacked assistant has been a beacon of motivation for the Niners defensive unit that has been crushing teams this season.
It would be quite the ascension for Saleh after only becoming a defensive coordinator prior to the 2018 season but players seem to respond to his tactics. Like a lot of the candidates on the list with no prior head coaching experience, it remains to be seen how he, or whoever owner Jerry Jones decides to hire, would handle the spotlight of being the puppet to Jones’ strings.
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Odds as of December 6 at BetOnline
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