Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones fuels speculation about next head coach

After getting the Christmas spirit kicked out of them with a loss to Arizona, the Dallas Cowboys need to make a decision on how to rebuild this team. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must make tough off-season decision. Will it be Cowher, Gruden, or Garrett?

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Dallas Cowboys runningback Marion Barber (24) leaps past Arizona Cardinals defenders Kerry Rhodes (25) and Gerald Hayes, right, on his way to the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 27-26.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fueled the rumor mill as a guest on the NFL Network pre-game show before the Dallas-Arizona game on Saturday night. When asked by Deion Sanders if he was interested in either Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher as the head coach of the Cowboys, Jones made an interesting statement.

"I’m a big believer in a challenge and doing something that has never done before. You know there’s never been a head coach that won a Super Bowl with one team that won it with another. Never."

Hmmm ...

Might Jones be setting his sights on Bill Cowher? Among available head coaches, Cowher would probably the biggest get in years. But does Cowher want the Cowboys?

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Cowher had a wish-list of three teams: Dolphins, Giants, and Texans. After a four-year hiatus from coaching, It would be a stretch to think that Cowher would work for Jones in Dallas. Jones would need to cede control to a head coach who will have to tear the team down to build it back up.

In short, not going to happen.

Jon Gruden is also available and was a Super Bowl winner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden definitely wants to coach again, but may be holding out to to coach the team he grew up watching, the Cleveland Browns.

This may all bode well for current interim coach Jason Garrett. After being promoted to the head coaching job after Wade Phillips was fired, the Cowboys have four wins, three losses. Garrett would fit the Jones mold of being a coach that focuses on coaching while Jones controls every other facet of the team. But this formula hasn't been working and Jones may need to face that reality.

Meanwhile, Jerry Jones can say good-bye to the dream of a host stadium fielding its' own team for the Superbowl. Superbowl XLV will be played at Cowboy Stadium without the 'boys, but there is always next year in Indianapolis.

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