If there’s one thing Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is not, it’s subtle. This guy can’t blow his nose without making an announcement, so try as he might to keep his current scheme a secret, the cat’s out of the bag. The latest batch of NFL rumors includes Jon Gruden becoming the next head coach of the Cowboys.
The signs are so obvious that it’s hard to believe it took anyone this long to figure it out. Over the past three weeks, Jones has hired/promoted Gruden’s former offensive coordinator, Bill Callahan (replacing Jason Garrett as the offensive play-caller), defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, and defensive line coach, Rod Marinelli. Dallas has all but signed Gruden’s former special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia, and that deal is expected to be in place by the end of the week.
Either Jerry has been studying the heck out of Gruden’s Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams of the early 2000s and is trying to duplicate them or he’s preparing the welcome party for Gruden to come to Dallas.
When the 2012 NFL season ended, several coaching positions opened up on Black Monday, but all have since been filled while Gruden it still on the market while working as the Monday Night Football color commentator. He apparently is looking for the perfect fit and if Jones has his staff in place from his heyday a decade ago, he may just take the bait.
Now Gruden has lost his marbles if he thinks he’s going to come into Dallas and turn things around under Jones, who is the most meddling owner in all of sports. He’s never allowed his coach to do his job, which is why the Cowboys have one playoff win in the last decade and a half. Of course, Cowboys fans would be thrilled to have Gruden–or any coach with a spine, for that matter–but he won’t be able to change Jerry. Regardless, it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens now that Jones’ trap is set for Gruden.