Unless the Dallas Cowboys make an improbable deep playoff run, the Jason Garrett era will likely be coming to an end after the season. Of all of the coaching candidates, Josh McDaniels is among the group that makes perfect sense for the Cowboys if Garrett is fired.
Following the 2018 season, Dallas chose to move on from offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan held the position for four years. To replace him, the Cowboys promoted quarterbacks coach, Kellen Moore, to offensive coordinator for the 2019 season.
Moore, a former NFL quarterback, was adamant about incorporating an offensive system that was more modern compared to Linehan’s. So far, Moore has done a decent job improving the offense but there’s still room for improvement on the consistency.
Regardless of what happens to Moore in the event that Garrett is ousted, McDaniels would take the reins of the offense. Over the past eight seasons, McDaniels has spent his time scheming plays for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Of course, in that span, New England has won three Super Bowls with the aid of McDaniels’ play-calling. McDaniels’ aggressiveness and bright mind are exactly what the Cowboys could use to elevate to the next level.
There is plenty of talent on this current roster but Garrett has been incapable of producing in the biggest moments. Altogether, McDaniels has been a part of all six of New England’s Super Bowl wins since the 2001 season.
Back in 2009, McDaniels actually took the job of becoming the Denver Broncos’ head coach. In his time in Denver, the offensive-minded coach led the Broncos to an 11-17 record. That was until he was fired before the end of the 2010 season.
It was a disappointing stint for McDaniels as he failed to last more than two seasons as a head coach. But in his defense, McDaniels had to endure having Kyle Orton as his starting quarterback in both seasons.
Now, McDaniels is back in his natural habitat, drawing up trick plays for the Patriots. Even with Dallas owning the No. 1 offense in 2019, they still seem to be missing something.
Could you imagine McDaniels having a chance to work with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott? The possibilities would be endless for the offense in a situation with McDaniels at the helm.
By hiring McDaniels, there would be a fresh new face in the building to instill a winning culture. Jerry Jones recalls a time in 1996 when Bill Belichick approached him about possibly coaching the Cowboys.
Belichick had just been fired by the Cleveland Browns after spending five seasons as their head coach. The rest is history as Belichick has steadily become the greatest coach in NFL history.
Without a doubt, Jones regrets not hiring Belichick when he was given the chance. This time around, he can hire someone who has spent countless time with Belichick and the Patriots.
Making McDaniels the head coach of the future could work out in favor of the Cowboys. At the least, it’s better than staying with the status quo and expecting different results.