It’s a little surprising to see that there have been no in-season firings of head coaches so far this year in the NFL.
For the last two seasons, seven coaches have been shown the door as before seasons end. It could possibly be that there are still a few teams that have the opportunity to make the playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams, and according to Cork Gaines of the Business Insider, Jerry Jones has already been searching for Jason Garrett’s replacement if the team misses the playoffs.
One name that is being pursued by the Jones’ is former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.
If the Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs, Jason Garrett will be fired according to a source for Dan Patrick of “The Dan Patrick Show.”
Speculation has already begun that Jon Gruden will be the Cowboy’s top choice to take over.
According to Patrick, the Cowboys “have quietly started their coaching search” and “Jerry Jones’ plane…has made a couple of stops,” Patrick added that the Cowboys, prior to this past weekend’s game, were “kicking the tires on seeing who will be available,” and that he was told there will be a coaching change if Dallas does not make the playoffs.
Of course as of right now this is purely speculation. Gruden and his agent remain adamant that he is content in the broadcast booth for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, but for several years Gruden has said publicly that if the opportunity is right he’d take it.
The Cowboys have the talent to make something happen in the postseason, but it seems that year after year they fall short of the goal set before them.
This is Garrett’s second season as Dallas’ head coach, with the first season coming after a lockout. He had the team one win away from the playoffs but fell short to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Giants.