Former Super Bowl winner Mike Holmgren wants to coach the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones should let him.
According to reports on NFL.com, Holmgren has identified the Cowboys as his preferred destination for a return to coaching.
Holmgren has been acting as Team President of the Cleveland Browns for the past three years. Yet with a new owner in place, the struggling AFC North side will part ways with Holmgren.
Despite his struggles in Ohio, Holmgren will be a hot commodity on the coaching market.
He won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1996 and took the Seattle Seahawks to one in 2005. Holmgren is renowned as a shrewd team-builder, expert at reviving struggling programs.
The Cowboys certainly qualify as strugglers, despite Sunday's big road win over the Philadelphia Eagles. They are still 4-5 and have only an outside shot at the playoffs.
Part of the problem has been head coach Jason Garrett's inability to mould a potent offense. Even with personnel like quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten, the Cowboys struggle for points.
They are currently 21st in scoring, mustering only 20.9 points per game. Garrett has been unable to establish a credible ground attack even with Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray carrying the ball.
Dallas is 29th in rushing offense, managing a paltry 85.3 yards each week. Garrett's play-calling, particularly the run-pass ratio, has been the target of heavy criticism.
Even Jones has questioned the play-calling. Holmgren would certainly fix those issues.
He is a master of the West Coast offense and an excellent play-caller, prepared to adapt to his talent.
In Green Bay, he tailored his offense around the freelancing skills of rocket-armed passer Brett Favre. With the Seahawks, he let workhorse running back Shaun Alexander lead the way.
Most of all, Holmgren would give the Cowboys what they really need. That's a strong-willed head coach.
Many have been critical of Jones' record as general manager, but this is not entirely fair. He has done a nice job of assembling quality defensive talent.
It was Jones who took a gamble on linebackers Bruce Carter and Sean Lee. Those risks have paid off handsomely. But Jones must turn the playing side over to a more dynamic head coach.
It nearly worked when he gave Bill Parcells that opportunity in 2003.
While many were quick to ridicule Parcells' tenure, he revived a franchise that won 15 games in three seasons before his arrival. Parcells twice took the Cowboys to the playoffs and recruited much of the prime talent that is wasted today.
If Jones wants the Cowboys back on top, hiring a coach of Holmgren's calibre is his only choice.876328