(UPDATE: If the Dallas Cowboys do in fact decide to hire an offensive coordinator for next season, they are going to have to look to someone other than Tony Sparano. The former Dolphins’ head coach, whose name was recently tied to the Cowboys-see below-, has been hired as the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets. Back to the drawing board.)
With Jason Garrett having just ended his first full season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s probably too early to evaluate his future with the team. He had a mediocre season with some highs as well as some lows. Most fans will tell you that the jury is still out on him.
In addition to head coaching, Garrett has also been the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator. However, many feel that it is time to bring in someone else to take over as OC so that Garrett can focus on his head coaching duties, and from recent rumors, it appears that the Cowboys may do just that.
Though his name has been mentioned for awhile, earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Cowboys have shown some interest in bringing in Tony Sparano.
Sparano, who was recently fired as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, worked for the Cowboys in 2003-2007 where he rose from a tight ends coach to an assistant head coach. He also served as the Cowboys’ OC in 2006 before giving up the position to Jason Garrett.
Another name that has been mentioned as a potential addition to the Cowboys’ coaching staff is Todd Haley, who was recently fired from the Kansas City Chiefs’ head coaching position.
Haley too spent some time with the Cowboys a few years ago where, from 2004-2006, he coached the Cowboys’ receivers and was the passing game coordinator for Dallas.
Additionally, Schefter recently tweeted that the two could possibly come to Dallas together, with Haley aiding in the passing game and Sparano in the running game.
Lucky for Cowboy fans, Jerry Jones has made it clear that money is no object and that he will do whatever it takes to bring the best to Dallas (unless, of course, we are talking about GMs).