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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Why Jones isn't going for big-name coach

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- As the Cowboys inch (sprint?) toward making Jason Garrett the team’s next head coach, some of you wonder why Jerry Jones has not made runs at higher-profile coaches, like Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or Brian Billick or waited for the Jeff Fisher saga to play itself out.

Jones has reminded everybody that a coach has never won a Super Bowl with a new team the second time around. I’ve taken that to mean he’s not interested in a Super Bowl coach. It has been pointed out Jones might like to be the first owner to have a coach win a second Super Bowl, but I’ll point out the last part of a quote Jones said last week on the subject: “But I’m a big believer that that initial proving it out is a big motivator.”

If you’re looking for other reasons not to hire those bigger names here goes:

Cowher – Difficult to knock him with his record with the Steelers, but Pittsburgh’s system has endured through the years. I’m not sure he is a personnel guru, and I don’t know that he would be able to get his assistants in place. Again, hard to knock him at all. I just don’t think he would want to be here with the structure in place.

Billick – He won one playoff game after taking the Ravens to the Super Bowl in 2000. In three of his last four years he missed the playoffs. His successor, John Harbaugh, has led the Ravens to the playoffs three straight seasons, although Harbaugh has benefitted Joe Flacco.

Gruden – After winning the Super Bowl in 2002, Tampa Bay went to the playoffs twice and lost twice. Plus, the Bucs roster crumbled and he could never settle on a quarterback.

Fisher – Since 2003 he has had two winning records (2007-08) and three losing records. And no playoff wins.

But there’s this too: Of the 12 teams in the playoffs this year, nine are led by coaches with no previous head coaching experience.