Well, it finally happened: The Dallas Cowboys are moving on from Jason Garrett … at least we’re pretty sure that’s the case.
So, now what?
For the first time in a decade, the Cowboys have to find a new head coach. The good news for Jerry Jones and friends? There’s no shortage of qualified head-coaching candidates. That said, the latest odds indicate Dallas’ most likely move is to go the college route and pluck an unproven commodity from nearby Oklahoma.
BetOnline currently has Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley as the betting favorite to get the highly coveted Cowboys coaching gig. Riley, who did wonders with Sooners quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — both won the Heisman Trophy — would be called on to do the same with Dak Prescott.
Riley is the clear favorite, listed Sunday night as an even-odds choice by BetOnline.
Here are a few of the favorites (via Odds Shark):
Lincoln Riley: Even
Josh McDaniels: +700
Mike McCarthy: +700
Urban Meyer: +700
Matt Rhule: +900
Robert Salah: +900
There are some really interesting names on that list, especially McDaniels. The New England Patriots offensive coordinator currently has three interviews lined up with the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. McDaniels and the Patriots were bounced from the playoffs Saturday night — obviously earlier than they anticipated — and it’s worth wondering whether that will allow McDaniels to broaden his sights when it comes to landing another spot in the big chair.
Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, also part of that 7-to-1 group, reportedly interviewed with Dallas over the weekend as the Garrett mess was being settled (awkward). Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis also is reportedly getting an interview. He’s currently 12-to-1 to get the job, per BetOnline.
UPDATE (12:30 p.m. ET): The Cowboys reportedly are hiring Mike McCarthy to be their head coach.
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