Earlier today I said no one should be surprised if Jerry Jones winds up hiring Jon Gruden as the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys. As I explained before, Jones has hired two former coaches under Gruden from his days as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is close to hiring a third in special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
I know I’m not the only one seeing this happen, fellow Rant sports writer Jeric Griffin also wrote about the possibility of adding Gruden here, So it seems very viable that Jones could be laying the ground work to hiring Gruden.
If that’s what the owner wants to do, then fine, we can all add it onto the list of impulsive decisions from Jones this off-season and debate whether it was the right decision after that. But if everything Jones has done to this point has been a prologue to hiring Gruden, he should just do it now. It’s not fair to Jason Garrett to have these rumors swirling around any longer, and Garrett doesn’t deserve it.
Garrett, despite what anyone thinks, has done a good job of guiding the Cowboys in his first two years in a dysfunctional environment. I can’t think of too many coaches who would have done a more admirable job than Garrett has in the past two seasons. There have certainly been questionable decisions from Garrett but overall, I think he’s done a pretty good job in trying to get the Cowboys moving in the right direction. If Jones doesn’t believe that, then fire him. Don’t hide behind smoke and mirrors and slowly take away his coaches power in order to get him to resign or look stupid. Let’s remember, this is a coach who turned down two head coaching jobs to run your dysfunctional organization, and Jones should show some respect for Garrett.
Whether Jerry Jones has a master plan to bring in Jon Gruden or not is no longer the issue, but if that’s what he wants, he should end the charade and do it now. Then we can discuss long and hard about that decision, it just needs to be made first.
Then again, it’s a wonder why anyone would want to be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys after seeing what Jerry Jones is capable of.
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