Until the Dallas Cowboys decide on a new head coach, it will be almost impossible to sort through all the speculation and distinguish between fact and rumor. Jerry Jones has a seemingly endless money pit, so the job is sure to be attractive to a number of high profile personalities around the game. One such personality could be Jon Gruden.
We already told you we don’t think Jason Garrett will be a great fit as the Cowboys head coach, and plenty of others — including Terrell Owens — agree with that assessment. According to John Czarnecki of Fox Sports, the Cowboys may have already contacted Gruden to gauge his interest in coaching in Big D next season. As we know, Gruden has settled into his position with ESPN’s Monday Night Football nicely and is raking in plenty of cash. However, Czarnecki’s sources say that Gruden’s friends believe he won’t demand a huge salary — not that Jerry wouldn’t offer him one anyway.
Gruden won a Super Bowl in his first season as the coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs eight years ago. The Cowboys always seem to bring in diva-type players and eccentric personalities, and Gruden is the type of coach who could handle players like that. I always thought Wade Phillips was too soft to be successful in Dallas. I don’t think that would be a problem for Gruden. We’ll know how the situation is going to pan out soon enough, and Sunday afternoon’s Cowboys-Giants game could be an early indicator of whether or not Garrett can handle the Cowboys’ head coaching position.