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Could Norv boost Tony and Jason like he did Troy and Jimmy?

When Jason Garrett was first hired after the disastrous 2010 season, I immediately started dreaming of getting Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator and Mike Nolan (currently the defensive coordinator of the Falcons) as the defensive coordinator. Originally I wanted Norv and Dom Capers.

But the Cowboys disappointed me when Dallas interviewed Dom Capers on January 29th, 2008 as either a linebackers coach or defensive consultant and Jerry Jones/Wade Phillips let him leave the building to spare the feelings of an inconsequential defensive coordinator that was later fired mid season. Capers went on to win a Super Bowl as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers and continues to boast defenses that lead the league in interceptions: something these Cowboys could use.

Dom is a confidant of Jason Garrett. After Garrett was appointed as the head coach, he reportedly called Capers for his recommendation on a defensive coordinator. First on that list was Mike Nolan: the former head coach of the 49ers before being replaced by Singletary (who was subsequently replaced by Harbaugh). After San Francisco, Nolan became the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos and engineered one of the greatest coaching jobs I had ever witnessed. He transformed a soft Broncos defense into a record-setting defense that was primarily responsible for the Broncos' fast start. Denver beat Dallas early that season, by the way.

While I still selfishly hope that one of 30 NFL teams will pry my dream defensive coordinator, Dom Capers, from the frozen hole known as Green Bay, by offering Dom a head coaching position, I started warming to the idea of the younger Mike Nolan. As had happened with Dom, Mike was fired as a head coach.

My reason for seeing this as a tremendous positive is simple. The chances to hang onto a great coordinator that had a history of failure as a head coach are better than keeping a young stud defensive coordinator that would certainly be offered head coaching jobs when the team became successful.

When word came out after the 2010 season that Tony Sparano could get canned in Miami as the head coach, and that Nolan could become available, I couldn't believe how close I was to getting my dream. Then word came out that the Cowboys were talking to Miami about Nolan in the same way that they had recruited Garrett.

The talks fell through. According to some sources, Rob Ryan was not even on Jason's radar, and was hired upon the request of the Owner, President, and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys.

Yeah, that guy.

My dreams were dashed. I had nothing to hope for, as Jason was the offensive coordinator and Ryan was the defensive coordinator. In a way, it seemed like the football equivalent of the Odd Couple (a play by Neil Simon that was a hit on Broadway, then was made into a movie with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and finally modified into a sitcom with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall).

Now word comes out of San Diego that the offensive coordinator that guided the Cowboys' offense to two Super Bowls will be out at the end of the season as the head coach of the Chargers. Suddenly my dream is reinvigorated.

For those that somehow have become fans after 1994, here is a brief highlight of Norv in Dallas:

Year

Yards per game

Points per game

Rank

Record

1990

255.1

15.2

28

7-9

1991

318.8

21.4

9

11-5*

1992

350.4

25.6

4

12-4**

1993

350.9

23.5

4

13-3**

*Playoffs

**Super Bowl winner

During Norv's time in Dallas, Emmitt Smith led the NFL in rushing every year. Before Norv assumed play calling responsibilities, Troy Aikman was 7-18 as the starter. While working with Norv, Troy amassed a 31-11 regular season record, and was a stellar 6-0 in the playoffs. The previous number 88, Michael Irvin never finished lower than 2nd in receiving yards in the NFL while working with Norv Turner.

But Norv also showed his talent in getting the most out of a number of quarterbacks:

Year

Team

Quarterback

Record

Passer Rating

Career Rating

1996

Washington

Gus Frerotte

9-7

79.3

74.2

1999

Washington

Brad Johnson

10-6

90.0

82.5

2002

Miami

Jay Fiedler

7-3

85.2

77.1

2005

Oakland

Kerry Collins

4-11

77.3

73.8

2008

San Diego

Philip Rivers

8-8

105.5

94.3

2009

San Diego

Philip Rivers

13-3

104.4

94.3

2010

San Diego

Philip Rivers

9-7

101.8

94.3

Here lies Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Twelve games into the 2012 season, Romo has a career passer rating of 95.8. Under Norv Turner, could Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Miles Austin, and Dez Bryant achieve new heights?

Could they achieve Super Bowl championship heights?

While Garrett has directed a top ten offense over the last seven seasons (http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2012/11/28/3704150/should-jerry-take-some-things-off-of-jasons-plate), I have agreed with Jimmy Johnson since Garrett was hired. In lieu of the structure of the Dallas Cowboys organization, since the coaching change in 2010, I have felt that the Cowboys would be better served by having a presence at head coach than a combination head coach and coordinator. It seems that there is plenty to do within the Dallas Cowboys as a head coach since there is no full time General Manager.

Maybe one of my dreams will come true. Perhaps Dom Capers or Mike Nolan is soon to follow.

Then maybe a Super Bowl...

I guess I should control my dreams and just hope to see one come true at a time.

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