Why do my fellow Dallas Cowboys fans insist that we hire Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden? That's the problem with the Dallas Cowboys organization. It has no forward vision. Did everyone forget that Sean Payton was supposed to be the Cowboys head coach before he went to the Saints in 2006?
What about Tony Sparano, the head coach of the Miami Dolphins? In 2007, he was the Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach and assistant head coach. The Dallas Cowboys let him escape in 2008 to Miami and the Dolphins became a force in the AFC East.
In 2007, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers became the youngest head coach after leaving the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator position.
Todd Haley was a wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, he became the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator and took them to the Super Bowl. In 2009, he became head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, who sit atop the AFC West.
The Cowboys need to do three things—hire a defensive coordinator, hire an offensive coordinator and hire a head coach.
One of the best names I've heard is Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. He's familiar with the 3-4 system and could add enough wrinkles to make the Cowboys competitive again.
For the offense, I would nominate a young Brian Schottenheimer or Kyle Shanahan. Both of them have enough imagination to find ways to use the talents of the entire roster on the playing field.
I would also like to nominate Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, who is doing a magnificent job with the development of Sam Bradford and making the offense work with Danny Amendola as the main threat.
For head coach, there's just one name that needs to be mentioned. Nobody believes it can happen but after this college football season, he will have nothing left to accomplish. He will be king of college football.
I'm talking about a man that has seen and done it all—master of the single wing, the T formation, the Power I, the Spread and the Wishbone. The one person that has been able to adjust and tweak his schemes over decades to remain a winning head coach.
The next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, ladies and gentlemen, should be — Joe Paterno.
1. Penn State has been waiting to fill Joe Paterno's shoes for years. This will allow Penn State to move on and save face.
2. Nobody can blame Joe Pa for spending his "final" years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
3. How can you argue with Jerry Jones hiring the most successful coach in college football history?
4. God forbid - Joe Pa passes away on the sideline, the Cowboys can promote one of the co-ordinators to head coach and be assured the players will play hard to dedicate the season to their fallen coach.
His record is currently 399 wins, 132 losses & 3 ties - hard to argue against that.
*** Forgotten fact - January 2, 1987. Joe Pa and the Nittany Lions defeated future Cowboys head coach - Jimmy Johnson, Michael Irvin, Heisman Trophy winner - Vinny Testaverde and the rest of the Miami Hurricanes to win the NCAA National Championship 14 - 10.