Cowboys’ Jerry Jones says reported Lincoln Riley interest ‘totally speculation’
Jerry Jones and the Dalas Cowboys apparently have no plans to fire head coach Jason Garrett in the middle of this season. But if they do decide to move on from Garrett in the offseason, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has emerged as a potential candidate to fill the prestigious job.
A recent report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggested that Jones has an “affinity” for Riley as Garrett’s replacement. But when asked about his interest in Riley on his weekly radio hit, Jones shot down that rumor completely.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan on having any interest in Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley: "That would be total drawing it out of the air. … Totally speculation."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 13, 2018
Riley has emerged as a hot NFL head-coaching candidate in recent weeks. He has also been linked with the Cleveland Browns’ vacant job, in part due to his connection with quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom he coached in college.
Riley has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative offensive minds in the college game. His experience with the modern college offenses that include all the spread concepts and run-pass options would make him a particularly interesting fit with the Cowboys given quarterback Dak Prescott’s unique skillset.
But unless Jones is just throwing everyone off the scent with his public denial of interest in Riley, it doesn’t appear that the Cowboys are going to make a run at Riley and may have someone else in mind to be a possible replacement for Garrett.