I like most BTBers read Cowboyinexile’s great first time post "Five Reasons Jason Garrett is the Wrong Kind of Guy to be the Dallas Cowboys’ Head Coach" and was impressed by the scope and detail of the post.
Question: has a first time poster ever won post of the week?
However there are a few points I - like others - disagree with, in particular whether Jerry should have chosen a more experienced “name” coach with a better resume. And to answer this I did a little research and for once I think Jerry made the right decision:
- The average age at which a Head Coach wins his first Super Bowl is 46.4 years
- Also the average age at which that coach is hired by the franchise with which he wins it all is 43.6 years
And only 4 who were hired over the age of 50 went on to win a Super Bowl, and one of those was Barry Switzer. If you give JG the talent Barry was handed, I think we would all be booking hotel rooms in Indianapolis. So the chances of a 54 year old Bill Cowher winning again are pretty slim and the only big name coach being mentioned last year under 50 is John Gruden (48). On a related but separate note, Andy Reid will be 54 in March. Only 4 older coaches have ever won the Super Bowl. No wonder Philly are going 'all in' this year.
Also on the point of his resume and lack of head coaching experience, again, of the 28 coaches who have lifted the Lombardi trophy, only 8 had previous NFL head coaching experience before being hired or promoted by that franchise.
Recent history shows that Sean Payton (whom I played against in Leicester, England in 1988) and Mike McCarthy were both 43 when hired and won at the ages of 46 and 47 respectively. We all are familiar with Payton's resume and McCarthy got the job after being the OC in San Fran in 2005 and finished dead last in points and yards gained - I think I would leave that off my resume if I could!
As I am sure we all know, JG was 44 at the time of his hiring and, assuming he doesn’t win this year, will be 46 on the day of SB XLVII and 47 on the day of XLVIII. Wouldn’t it be great if he strolled into “iffy” stadium and showed NY how to win it all.
My point here is that based on age (experience) and resume JG is the right hire to take the Cowboys back to the promised land.