Thursday, February 6, 2014
Rich Bisaccia as a possible interim coach
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys' biggest topic last week was the addition of Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator. In a close second was why the Cowboys did not allow Bill Callahan to seek employment elsewhere.
I talked about it. Calvin Watkins talked about it. We both believe the Cowboys were wrong in not letting Callahan leave.
ESPN’s Ed Werder offered up an interesting nugget in between all of his work leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. Via Twitter, Werder said a source saying Callahan could be the interim head coach should Jerry Jones replace Jason Garrett in the middle of the season.
Jones has said he keeps a list in his desk with names of possible head coaching candidates in case things don’t work out. I get that. It makes sense to be prepared for all kinds of situations, the good and the bad.
What I don’t understand is why Callahan would be promoted over the guy he was replaced by as playcaller, Linehan, or the new defensive coordinator, Rod Marinelli. Maybe Jones would view them as "Garrett guys." But they have NFL head coaching experience. It wasn’t great, I realize, especially with Marinelli overseeing the only 0-16 team in NFL history with the Detroit Lions in 2008. Linehan was fired early in the 2008 season by the St. Louis Rams.
Callahan directed the Oakland Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII but don’t bring up the discussion with Tim Brown.
If the Cowboys need to make a coaching change during the 2014 season, then the season will have gone awry. Who cares who would be the interim coach? Jones would likely get rid of everybody for 2015 anyway.
But since I’ve trotted down this path, I would bring up another coach on the staff as a possible interim choice: special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.
He interviewed for the head coaching vacancies with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns in the offseason. I like the idea of special teams coaches running a program because unlike an offensive or defensive coordinator, they have a command of the entire roster. The special teams coach has the ears of offensive and defensive players.
When Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in 2010, there were some defensive players who really didn’t know him other than what they saw on a practice field. It’s just how the NFL is with the separation between units. It was not a slap at Garrett.
From all reports Bisaccia did well in his interviews with the Redskins and Browns.
From what we saw on the field last year, it can be argued that he was the Cowboys’ best coach in 2013. Why wouldn’t they give him a shot at the interim job in 2014 if all went haywire?