Rumor: Cowboys could target Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley should they part with Jason Garrett
Could the Dallas Cowboys’ newest head coach be in the same region? According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, they may be. Per Rapoport, Dallas could target Oklahoma Sooner head coach Lincoln Riley if they decide to part ways with Jason Garrett at the end of the season.
On “NFL GameDay,” Rapoport noted that Jerry Jones’ family and Riley, 36, have developed a close relationship over the years, citing quarterback John Stephen Jones (Jones’ grandson) as a reason why. Riley did an in-home visit with the Jones before the quarterback chose to walk-on at the University of Arkansas.
Riley watched a film with the Jones during that visit, per Rapoport. They were impressed by his football knowledge.
Though Riley loves the Oklahoma job, the thought of traveling south to Arlington may not be out of the realm of possibility. After all, it’s the Cowboys job, the most iconic head coaching job in all football.
Riley certainly has the resumé. A former quarterback at Texas Tech, Riley progressed as a coach through Mike Leach’s Air Raid system as an assistant in Lubbock. He then moved to East Carolina in 2010 as an offensive coordinator before taking the same job with Oklahoma in 2015. By 2017, he was the heir to Bob Stoops, taking over as the head coach.
The Sooners have seen nothing but success since Riley took over, as they have been in Big 12 Championships in every season with him at the helm. He has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1 picks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
Riley’s work is not in question. Instead, it’s the Cowboys’ ability to lure him out of his cushy job for a more demanding and publicly scrutinized one that is.