Dallas Cowboys: Bruce Arians

IRVING, Texas -- Since the all-time quarterback rankings that had Tony Romo ahead of Troy Aikman went over so well earlier in the week, let’s close the week with some more rankings.

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David Steele of the Sporting News has ranked the NFL head coaches and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett came in at No. 23.

Here’s what Steele had to say:
One will always wonder how Garrett would do out from under Jerry Jones, as something other than the owner’s hand-picked golden child -- or with a roster only half as bizarrely constructed as the Cowboys’ usually is. On the other hand, coaching the Cowboys has always meant living up to outsized expectations, and Garrett hasn’t even come close so far.


All of the 22 coaches ahead of Garrett made the playoffs if we’re counting Bruce Arians' work as the Indianapolis Colts’ interim coach in 2012. Arians went 10-6 in his first year with the Arizona Cardinals last season but did not qualify for the postseason.

Garrett has a 29-27 career mark, two games above .500 because of his 5-3 stint as the interim when Wade Phillips was fired in the middle of the 2010 season. The Cowboys have gone 8-8 in each of Garrett's three seasons and lost the chance to make the playoffs all three times with Week 17 NFC East losses.

Some progress has been made, like retooling the offensive line and drafting better, but the scheme change from the 3-4 to the 4-3 last season was disastrous. Rod Marinelli is Garrett’s fourth defensive coordinator since taking over in 2010. Scott Linehan will be the third different playcaller in as many years.

Game management has been an issue. The Cowboys have had too many "how-did-they-lose-that?" contests in Garrett’s watch (Detroit, 2011, Arizona 2010, New York Giants 2010, Green Bay 2013).

The ranking sounds about right for now. Garrett can work his way up the list if the Cowboys make the playoffs this year when outside expectations are so low. If he does that, not only will his ranking go up, but he would earn a contract extension as well, which might be a tad more important to him.

Three things: Cowboys-Cardinals

August, 17, 2013
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Three things to watch for Saturday in the Arizona Cardinals' second exhibition game of the 2013 season, set for 4:30 p.m. ET at home against the Dallas Cowboys

1. Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. Neither is going to play in this game, of course, but with Cardinals general manager Steve Keim invoking them to describe third-year cornerback Patrick Peterson, we'll be watching to see whether Peterson gets snaps at wide receiver. Peterson has impressed the Cardinals in that role in training camp. The team sounds serious about using him in that capacity in the regular season. If Peterson is going to be part of the receiver rotation, why wouldn't he play wideout in the preseason?

2. Rookie free safety. Third-round choice Tyrann Mathieu gets the start at free safety while Rashad Johnson recovers from injury. Mathieu collected a sack and aggressively defended a pass in his preseason debut against Green Bay. The Cardinals have called him one of the more dynamic players in camp to this point. Now, Mathieu gets a chance to work with the starters. Will he play the roughly 20 snaps coach Bruce Arians said he plans to allot for the first group? Or might he stay in the game longer as a rookie in need of reps?

3. The home crowd. Fans around the NFL often sell or give away their preseason tickets, making it tougher to capture the desired home-field feel. Having a broadly popular team such as the Cowboys coming to town could further dilute the home contingent. Still, new coach Arians has stressed the importance of re-establishing dominance at home. This is the first home game of any kind on his watch. It's got to feel a little special for him. Will the Cardinals give the home crowd reason to come back for more?

Source: DeCamillis out of Bears running

January, 15, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – With Chicago setting its sights on Bruce Arians, Darrell Bevell or Marc Trestman as the Bears next head coach, Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis has been told he is no longer in the running, according to a source.

DeCamillis interviewed with Chicago general manager Phil Emery less than a week after the season ended, and from all accounts did well, but the Bears have focused their search on offensive coaches. Arians is Indianapolis’ offensive coordinator and served as interim head coach during Chuck Pagano’s fight against leukemia. Bevell is Seattle’s offensive coordinator, and Trestman, a former Jimmy Johnson assistant, is the head coach of the Montreal Allouettes.

This is the second straight year DeCamillis has been on the head coaching radar. He received interest from Jacksonville last year but did not interview.

DeCamillis has been the Cowboys’ special teams’ coach since 2009. Oakland had sought to hire him last year as assistant head coach to Dennis Allen, but the Cowboys blocked the move.

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