5 Dallas Cowboys Who Could Pursue Coaching Careers in the NFL

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Jason Garrett

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It’s not every day that a player retires to turn around and be hired as a head coach.

However, that is what NBA legend and former NBA champion Jason Kidd did when he was named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Some would argue that this isn’t Kidd’s first coaching job since he technically coached the Nets to a pair of NBA Finals that is, of course, from the point guard position.

It got me to thinking about which current players on the Dallas Cowboys roster would make good NFL coaches. So, I skimmed through the roster looking for possible candidates and came up with this list of five players.

I took into consideration NFL experience, attitude, leadership, and knowledge of the game among other factors. It’s not a foreign idea as there have been players who transition from player to coach almost seamlessly, so I figured this would be a unique way to express those thoughts.

We don’t even have to go very far to find a former player-turned-coach either. Just look on the Cowboys’ sideline and you’ll see former players who are now coaching in the NFL. Guys like head coach Jason Garrett, who played professionally from 1989 to 2004 including a stint with the Cowboys from 1993 to 1999 and Wade Wilson, the Cowboys quarterbacks coach, who played professionally from 1981 to 1999.

Being a former player, however, doesn’t always translate to success as a coach as Mike Singletary can attest to. So without further ado, I present to you my five Cowboys players who I think would make good coaches.

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Jason Witten

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Witten is the whole package at tight end. He can block, he can catch and he has a work ethic that not many can match. I think all those things are a solid foundation if he chose to become a coach.

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Sean Lee

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I think what would make Lee a good coach is his leadership. He is the vocal leader of the Cowboys defense and I think that if he were to become a coach that would definitely come in handy.

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Brandon Carr

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Carr is a guy that’s had to fight for all he’s got. I mean, so has everyone in the NFL, but Carr brings an attitude and work ethic that more players should emulate. Those qualities, in my opinion, make him a great candidate to become a defensive coordinator or head coach

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Lawrence Vickers

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t think there’s anyone with more fire and passion that Vickers on the roster. I think he’d be able to motivate his guys to play hard on every down.

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Tony Romo

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Romo has already expressed a desire to coach and I think 2013 he’ll get his first taste of what that’s like. His experience and knowledge of the game could go long ways if he decides to follow through on that coaching career.


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