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Two-headed coach?


The decision might be made by now. And honestly, I do not envy Jerry Jones. On the plus side, if Jones does decide to get rid of Wade Phillips, he has what he thinks is the head coach in waiting who is already in charge of his offense right now.

On the other side, though, Jason Garrett is only the head coach in waiting because Jones wants him to be. Sure he's gotten interest from other teams - most recently reports have him on Buffalo's radar - but he, like Phillips, is 1-2 in playoff games since 2007. And Garrett's vaunted offense seemed lackluster at best against the Vikings when it needed to be on point. Sure, maybe the Vikings are just a better team, much like the Cowboys were clearly a better team than the Eagles, but unless the Cowboys are the best team, it's not going to work in Jerry's world.

Under Phillips's tutelage, the Cowboys have gone 33-15 in three years with a 13-win season and an 11-win season.

That's very good. People in Dallas might not think it's good enough, and clearly winning the division twice and not getting past the divisional round in either playoff run is cause for discontent, but it's not like the guy has a losing record as a coach. In fact, even in the year the Cowboys missed the playoffs, they had a winning record. Granted, a win in the last game of the season over the Eagles would have gotten them into the 2008 playoffs (ostensibly making that a playoff game), but they righted that wrong this season by beating that same Eagles team en route to the NFC East crown and a trip to the second round.

Progress. But progress alone isn't going to work in Jerry's world. He wants trophies.

So here's a suggestion -- co-head coaches. Teams have tried to use multiple coordinators (pass game coordinator and run game coordinator) so why not two head coaches? And this wouldn't be a situation where one guy was head coach of the offense and one of the defense. They already do that in the regular season. No, Phillips has proven that he can coach a team successfully in the regular season - the guy has a career 81-54 record to prove that fact. Why not let Phillips coach the regular season and then, to avoid the inevitable playoff panic, give Garrett the responsibilities in the postseason?

Don't you think the Chargers wish they'd have thought of this?

And, as ridiculous as I'm trying to make this sound (so ridiculous that Jones may love the idea), it actually could work. If Garrett is the head coach-in-waiting, he's only going to wait so long. You either think he can do a better job than Phillips or you don't. But, if you trust Phillips's ability to navigate an entire season but think that Garrett might be more of a 'rah-rah' guy to lead his troops into the big games, or still a little too green to take over the helm of the Dallas Cowboys on his own, let the two co-manage the team.

In Jerry's World, he's in charge anyway. So what does it really matter whose whistle is the loudest?

By Dan Levy  |  January 18, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Dan Levy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Maybe the quarterback is the problem.

Posted by: legalstep | January 18, 2010 3:46 PM

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