Back in Dallas




Jason Garrett… name sounds familiar. Oh yeah, he was Troy Aikman’s back up QB in the 90s. Those were some great years! Even though Garrett didn’t get to play very often, he was still there taking it all in. And now after a day long meeting at the Ranch with Jerry and Stephen Jones and Bill Parcells, Garrett has been offered the job as Offensive Coordinator. Not only that but he is now one of the top candidates for the Head Coach Opening. What? This guy wasn’t even on anyone’s list as a probable contender. Well, since when does that matter?

Wade Phillips seems to be a very likely possibility. The Dallas Cowboys requested and were granted permission from the Chargers to talk to Phillips. During an interview the native Texan told reporters:

"I’m really happy where I am. I can’t say enough about the (Chargers’) organization and the players and the fans. But I have family and a home there. Us Texans, even though we haven’t been there in 20 years, it’s always home and the Cowboys are our home team."

That sounds pretty promising to me. Considering the way the 06 Chargers season went, I think I’d be happy with that. Phillips has been head coach of 4 NFL teams: Saints, Falcons, Bills and Broncos. He has the experience and has been very successful most recently as the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers who were 14-2 this past season.

I believe Phillips and Garrett would make an awesome pair. However there are still other names and possibilities that have been tossed around and no decision has been confirmed yet. So back to the waiting game. I feel confident whatever the decision, that 2007 will be a very successful year for the Dallas Cowboys. A new leader… a new year… a new outlook.

Who’s Next?

Okay, he’s done. He coached his heart out and he’s tired. Its been two days and I think we have all accepted this, its time to move on and we are ready for the new guy. But who will it be? I’ve heard more rumors and speculation in the past 48 hours than in my entire life it seems! From Bob Stoops to now Lovie Smith? Bob Stoops, by the way, said ‘no way’ just so we are clear on that. Lovie Smith? Well I’m pretty sure right now his mind is on the Super Bowl not moving back to Texas. But ya just never know. One thing everyone agrees on, to become the coach of America’s Team is a dream for alot of guys in the league. Its also one of the most stressful jobs out there.

There is also alot of people saying that Terrell Owens was part of the reason Parcells decided to retire. I don’t doubt that. It wasn’t the only reason but it had to have a hand in it. T.O. seems to be a coach’s worst nightmare. This is what he had to say about Parcells decision:

"Sometimes change is good," T.O. said. "I think it was needed." Owens, currently preparing for a second round of finger surgery, said he hopes "the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level."

Yeah, I know… The guy who dropped the most passes in the league. But he also led the league in receiving touchdowns.

During an interview about his retirement, Parcells was asked over and over about Terrell Owens and he refused to comment. So maybe he was part of the reason, but I don’t think Parcells was going to give T.O. the satisfaction.

My opinion about T.O. is, if you don’t want to be a team player, then get off my team. I have tried and tried to accept him, but he keeps pulling these stunts and talking to the media. He is a great player, when he’s 100% and I won’t deny that. But is it worth the grief and drama he brings? I can think of many WR’s that could be good for us without the controversy. But that’s not for me to decide. So if Jerry says he stays then hes a Cowboy and I will have to accept that and support him on the field. Off the field… different story.

So now, we wait. That’s what offseason is about anyway. We wait to see who our leader will be, we wait to see who gets cut, who gets signed, who gets hurt, who gets well. Someone asked me, "What do you do now that football season is over?" I simply answered, "Football season may be over, but I’m a Dallas fan year round, there’s plenty to do!"

Parcells Retires

Bill Parcells has retired Monday, according to a press release from the team.

 "I am retiring from coaching football. I want to thank Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones for their tremendous support over the last four years," Parcells said in a statement. "Also, the players, my coaching staff and others in the support group who have done so much to help. Dallas is a great city and the Cowboys are an integral part of it. I am hopeful that they are able to go forward from here."

 "I am in good health and feel lucky to have been able to coach in the NFL for an extended period of time," Parcells said. "I leave the game and the NFL with nothing but good feelings and gratitude to all the players, coaches and other people that have assisted me in that regard."

The Cowboys went 34-30 and 0-2 in the playoffs in Parcells’ four seasons in Dallas.

Legends of the Star – Don Meredith

Although he never led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL Championship or a Super Bowl, "Dandy" Don Meredith was one of the most popular players in team history. After an amazing college career as a quarterback for Southern Methodist University, he gained national recognition and was selected as an All-American in 1958 and 1959. In 1960 he was drafted with the 3rd overall pick by the Chicago Bears and immediately traded to the NFL’s newest franchise, the Dallas Cowboys.

After languishing on the bench for his first 5 years on the team, he was named starting quarterback in 1965 by Tom Landry and never looked back. He made an immediate impact with his gritty style of play and his mental and physical toughness. He set many Cowboys records which still stand today, including the longest pass in franchise history, a 95 yard strike to Bob Hayes in 1966. He also threw a record 5 touchdowns passes in a single game, a team record that was recently matched by Tony Romo last season. After leading the Cowboys to their first winning seasons as a franchise, he shocked the sports world by announcing his sudden retirement shortly before the 1969 season. During his short career as starter he was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1966. He threw for an impressive 17,199 yards and 135 touchdowns in his career, and in 1976, Don Meredith was inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

After leaving the game he went on to become an actor, but gamed national fame once again as the color commentator of "Monday Night Football" from 1970 until 1984. Some of you may also remember Don as the spokesperson for Lipton tea in 1970’s and 1980’s.


Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys.