Cowboys Hiring Jim Harbaugh As Next Head Coach?
Are the Cowboys hiring Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach?
Dallas is currently limping its way through the regular season, but it is clear that a coaching change is on the horizon.
The Cowboys are 6-7 on the year, which puts them in a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles for the top of the NFC East.
Fortunately for Dallas, it holds a head-to-head win over Philly.
Head coach Jason Garrett’s deal is expiring at the end of this season. Jerry Jones has offered zero indication that he wants him back.
Barring a miraculous Super Bowl run, the idea of Garrett returning to Dallas is unfathomable at this point.
The obvious question then becomes: who will Jones hire to replace Garrett?
For whatever reason, the only names really floating around at this point are college coaches.
Guys like former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Florida’s Dan Mullen have all been mentioned.
Recently ESPN delved into the topic of the next Cowboys coach and offered some ideas on who will inevitably step into Garrett’s shoes.
One surprising name? Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
Harbaugh’s Wolverines entered this past college football season with a lot of hype surrounding them, not unlike the Cowboys.
The idea was that with Meyer finally gone, Michigan would be able to claim its place atop the Big Ten and earn a spot to the College Football Playoff.
Obviously that did not happen.
The Buckeyes remained as dominant as ever. Michigan experienced yet another underwhelming season.
Nevertheless, Harbaugh has proven that he can be reasonably successful at both the collegiate and pro level. That is something Jones is keenly aware of.
“Jim Harbaugh has been to a Super Bowl even if he has yet to beat Ohio State while at Michigan,” writes ESPN.
“He had a 44-19-1 record from 2011 to 2014 with the San Francisco 49ers and went to the playoffs in three of his four years.
“Would he work with the Cowboys’ structure? Does he want to get back to the NFL? The allure of the “big room” drew Parcells to Dallas.”
In a lot of ways, Harbaugh’s coaching style is far more suited to the NFL ranks than college.
If the San Francisco 49ers had not been so dysfunctional as an organization towards the end of his time there, one could make the case that Harbaugh would still be around.
Is Harbaugh ultimately the best man to step in and coach the Cowboys? Time will tell.