As the Cowboys approach mid-season of this disappointing 2010 season, the questions have been asked, “Who will be the next coach of the Cowboys?”, “Will Wade Phillips remain as head coach for another season?” There are many different opinions from so many different people. Some believe if a coaching change happens it should be someone with experience as an NFL coach. Others think it should be someone young and deserving of a first shot as an NFL coach. Maybe the change should be someone within the Cowboys organization? There is also a question of power as far as players on the roster. Does Jerry Jones really control everything from top to bottom? Does the head coach have a say in who makes the team? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered when the season is over if not before.
The big names currently out there with NFL experience are Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden and Brian Billick. All of which have Super Bowl rings. Then there are the young assistant NFL coaches around the league or maybe even someone from the college ranks.
Bill Cowher coached the Steelers from 1992-2006. His record was 149-90-1. He won eight division titles and took the Steelers to two Super Bowls, winning the second in Super Bowl XL over the Seahawks. Cowher’s Steelers made the playoffs 10 of his 15 seasons.
Jon Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001. His record was 38-26. He won two division titles and built the Raiders into an NFL power again when he left the organization after the 2001 season. Gruden moved onto the Buccaneers where he compiled a 57-55 record from 2002-2008. In Gruden’s first season with the Buccaneers he brought them to Super Bowl XXXVII where he would coach against his old team the Raiders and beat them convincingly, 48-21. Gruden’s Raiders and Buccaneers teams made the playoffs six out of his 11 seasons.
Brian Billick coached the Ravens from 1999-2007. His record was 80-64. He won two division titles and coached the Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV over the Giants, 34-7. Billick’s Ravens made the playoffs four out of his nine seasons.
Another coach on my list is Jim Harbaugh who is currently the head coach of the Stanford Cardinals and has compiled a 24-21 record in his four seasons. He coached the Cardinals to a bowl game in 2009 and could be on his way to a second bowl appearance in 2010. Before coaching the Cardinals Harbaugh was the head coach at the University of San Diego where he was 29-6 is his three seasons.