Jerry Jones claims that, before firing Wade, Super Bowl-winning coaches wanted the job

Various opinions exist regarding the desirability of the head-coaching job in Dallas.  On the positive side, it’s one of the highest-profile jobs in all of sport.  On the negative, owner Jerry Jones isn’t the run-of-the-mill meddler — he’s also the G.M.

Regardless of the actual perception held by the potential candidates, Jones apparently has tried to dress up the position by suggesting that one or more coaches who have lifted the Lombardi Trophy have committed a serious breach of coaching industry protocol by seeking out the job even before Wade Phillips was fired.

“I will say that before I made the decision with Wade Phillips, I had Super Bowl-winning coaches solicit this job,” Jones said during a weekly appearance on KLRD-FM in Dallas, via Tim MacMahon of

If Jones isn’t merely puffing up the position, his words mean that at least two coaches who have won Super Bowls expressed interest in the position while Wade Phillips still had the job.  For Jones, such conversations aren’t out of character.  Nearly eight years ago, Jones reportedly courted Bill Parcells before Dave Campo had been let go.

But since the fraternity of Super Bowl-winning coaches who:  (1) are still living; and (2) aren’t already coaching another NFL team is fairly small, we’ve compiled the list of possible suspects.

1.  Tony Dungy, coach of the Super Bowl XLI champion Colts.

2.  Bill Cowher, coach of the Super Bowl XL champion Steelers.

3.  Jon Gruden, coach of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Buccaneers.

4.  Brian Billick, coach of the Super Bowl XXXV champion Ravens.

5.  Dick Vermeil, coach of the Super Bowl XXXIV champion Rams.

6.  Mike Holmgren, coach of the Super Bowl XXXI champion Packers.

7.  Barry Switzer, coach of the Super Bowl XXX champion Cowboys.

8.  George Seifert, coach of the Super Bowl XXIX and XXIV champion 49ers.

9.  Jimmy Johnson, coach of the Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII champion Cowboys.

10.  Joe Gibbs, coach of the Super Bowl XXVI, XXII, and XVII champion Redskins.

11.  Bill Parcells, coach of the Super Bowl XXV and XXI champion Giants.

12.  Mike Ditka, coach of the Super Bowl XX champion Bears.

13.  Tom Flores, coach of the Super Bowl XVIII and XV champion Raiders.

14.  Chuck Noll, coach of the Super Bowl XIV, XIII, X, and IX champion Steelers.

15.  John Madden, coach of the Super Bowl XI champion Raiders.

16.  Don Shula, coach of the Super Bowl VIII and VII champion Dolphins.

If it were only one Super Bowl-winning coach, our guess would be Billick.  If it’s two, then our guess is that Billick called twice.

Though, on the surface, Billick doesn’t make sense because he doesn’t have enough pop or sizzle attached to his name, Jones seems to be willing to go with a lesser-known guy.  “John Madden told me the Cowboys do not need a big-name coach,” Jones said, per MacMahon.  “The Cowboys have a big name.  What the Cowboys need is a good coach.”

In other words, get ready for several more years of Kukla, Fran, and Jerry.

37 responses to “Jerry Jones claims that, before firing Wade, Super Bowl-winning coaches wanted the job

  1. I think the headline has a typo.

    I believe it should read “Jerry Jones claims that, before HIRING Wade, Super Bowl-winning coaches wanted the job”

  2. Or it could be one of the guys that would want control asking if he’s willing to give them that before they wasted their time pursuing the job.

  3. Jerry Jones will never find what he wants in a Head Coach. The only way he would be happy is if he were Owner, GM and Head Coach. I’m not sure if that is a possibility with the rules and all but, If it could happen, I’m sure he would do it.

  4. First, great coaches dont call. They GET called.

    Second, he NEVER said SB winning HEAD coaches. He just said superbowl winning COACHES.

    Hell, he could be talking about anyone.

  5. Why not give credit to the guy who did the interview who works for the local NBC affiliate?

    Newy Scruggs on 105.3 the FAN.

    Not the competitor/local ESPN affiliate.
    Tim MacMahon is a joke, but Galloway is cool.

  6. “In other words, get ready for several more years of Kukla, Fran, and Jerry.”

    So, Florio you’re either saying Madden is an idiot or Jones is lying about what Madden said.

    You must be LOVING right now, Florio. You get to put up all the Cowboy stuff you want and get tons of traffic to the site.

    Congratulations on our success. You’ve really found the winning formula!

  7. As a GM, what pedigree does Jerry Jones have to deserve the title before he grabbed it as the Cowpokes’ owner?

    Answer: none

    Until he gets a true GM, the ‘Pokes may be ordinary people.

  8. Solicit is a strong word. My guess is Billick and Gruden probably said something like they’d be interested… You don’t how Jerry interprets things. Barry Switzer or a John Madden could have said something like “if I were younger I love to take a job like this.” Or maybe he just meant assistant coaches… Dave Wannstedt, Charlie Weis?
    Jason Garrett will get a chance and he shouldn’t be judged by his W/L record but more how he handles the team and he handles the position.
    I think if he doesn’t choose Garrett he goes defense first. Gregg Williams will get a long look (Sean Payton was OC under Parcells) plus all the usual suspects.
    John Fox (if he gets fired) is a good coach.
    Mike Singletary (if/when he gets fired) would be a great choice for Defensive Coordinator – he’s Texas guy (Baylor Bears).
    I think Wade Phillips was too easy going. Wade has been a great defensive coordinator wherever he coached but nothing more than an average HC. The defense was terrible. Guys are wide open catching passes and the players don’t even seem to be upset that they were getting beat. No leadership and no pride equals a bad season.

  9. Wasn’t this a story before the end of last season too? I seem to remember that they were talking about Gruden inquiring about this before they decided to stay with Wade last year, no?

  10. I think you guys blew this one. Jones said, “Before I made the decision with Wade Phillips,” and that very well could have meant, “Before I hired Wade Phillips to coach the Cowboys….”

    At the very least you need to confirm with Jones exactly what he meant.

  11. Maybe the Christmas Turd from South Park called. Because the only bowl there playing in this year is the Toilet Bowl.

  12. Jerry went to see the play about Lombardi on Broadway, got drunk at the cast party, and asked the actor who plays Lombardi to lead his Boys into the Super Bowl. The guy said yes just to get the old creepy drunk to leave him alone.

  13. You just can’t stand it can you Florio? You want to call Jerry a liar but can’t bring yourself to do it. So your puerile humor aside it really looks like Cowher, Gruden and maybe Holmgren have shown some interest. And by the way, whoever researched this article missed a big part of the interview. Jerry makes it CRYSTAL clear that Parcells SOLICITED the job , not the other way around. The interview is all on the Dallas Cowboys home site. Let’s keep the record straight. Also, you’re still pathetic Florio.

  14. it was the head coach of the lingerie football league champions…


  15. @beast:

    Im an Eagles fan and that was funny, LOL. Well played sir.

    And whoever said Barry Switzer, that was good too. LOL

  16. Nice Florio, way to take the bait. Every Super Bowl winning team has AT LEAST 8 “coaches” on their staff.

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