The Dallas Cowboys are strongly centered around head-coach competitors who have broad NFL experience in the role and a track record of success, which is the reason previous Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and previous Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis were talked with this end of the week, as indicated by a source acquainted with the search for Jason Garrett’s substitution.
That profile would eliminate NFL coordinators with little or no head-coaching experience and any of the much-speculated college coaches, for example, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Baylor’s Matt Rhule, and Florida’s Dan Mullen.
The Cowboys released an announcement Sunday afternoon declaring that Garrett won’t be offered an expansion on his agreement that expires Jan. 14. A handful of league executives, coaches and operators revealed to ESPN that the announcement was an indication that proprietor Jerry Jones is set up to move rapidly as he continued looking for a new coach.
A group source confirmed the Cowboys had an ongoing phone discussion with previous NFL coach Jeff Fisher, who took the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and whose regular-season record is 173-165-1, with a 5-6 playoff record. Fisher is profoundly regarded by Jones and group VP Stephen Jones, yet Fisher’s three-year hiatus since being fired by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016 was a detriment to scheduling a formal interview.
McCarthy coached for 13 seasons with the Packers before he was fired in 2018. His career regular-season record is 125-77-2 with a 10-8 record in the playoffs, including a Super Bowl XLV title in 2010 played at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Lewis was coach of the Bengals for 16 seasons and has a career record of 131-122-3, yet was 0-7 in the playoffs. His stock as a head coach endured a shot with the winless playoff record, yet the Bengals went 2-14 in 2019 after parting ways with Lewis.
Lewis likewise was the defensive coordinator for the 2000 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Neither Jerry nor Stephen Jones has spoken publicly about the applicants they have interviewed.
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