The (3-4) Dallas Cowboys have been one of the bigger disappointments in 2012; in fact no one could have predicted the Cowboys would lose games the way they do.
Jason Garrett has come under fire from the fans and national media regarding his choices in play calling and his clock management, but that hasn’t fazed the second year head coach or Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Jones expressed concern before the season that the “window of opportunity” is closing on the current core of players. Pair that with the teams’ inability to perform on the field and you’ve got the kind of scenario, which could ultimately lead Jones to fire his head coach, but will he?
I don’t think so.
According to reports, the NFL voided the contract extension, given to currently suspended head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints. What this means is Payton will be without a job at the end of the 2012 season.
This is the kind of move that Jones has been waiting for. This is the kind of move that would bring legitimacy, once again, to the Cowboys organization. This is the kind of move that any and all Cowboys fans would applaud Jones for.
However, I doubt it will happen.
For starters, Jones had the opportunity to make Payton the head coach after Bill Parcells left. If you recall, Payton was Parcells’ assistant head coach and was the mastermind behind the Cowboys’ offense.
Jones, however, decided to go a different route and allowed Payton to take the head-coaching job in New Orleans. Since then, Payton has gone on to great success, and a Super Bowl win with the Saints. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have had three head coaches and a lot of disappointment.
I don’t think he would coach the Cowboys; even if the job were available. He has a great relationship with the Saints owner and has been pretty adamant about remaining the Saints head coach.
It’s all speculation at this time, and no one knows what the future may hold. Jones may very well get the “itch” and decide that Garrett won’t be his coach going forward.
Should the Saints not extend Payton after his suspension is over, I do think he’ll be in the NFC east, however, not as the Cowboys’ head coach. It all depends on if the Philadelphia Eagles win or lose on Monday night.