Dallas Cowboys should hire ex-Ravens coach Brian Billick

November 04, 2010|Mike Preston

The new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys should be Brian Billick.

If Dallas owner Jerry Jones fires current coach Wade Phillips at the end of the season as expected, then he should go after Billick. It's the perfect marriage.

Now, introducing the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys …

Right about now, you're choking on whatever you're eating or drinking. I know what you're thinking. How can I, Baltimore's biggest Billick basher, endorse him for the Cowboys' job?

That's an easy one. To borrow a Billick saying, if I may, his hiring "fits within their parameters." When owners hire head coaches, they usually do the bad cop, good cop routine and hire the opposite of what they just fired.

Phillips has become a sad case study. Even when he won, he appeared solemn, almost introverted as if someone just told him about a death in the family. Vampires never had darker circles under their eyes than Phillips.

Billick is the opposite. He is emotional and enjoys life. He is arrogant, charismatic and eloquent, and intelligent enough to go into Big D screaming like a banshee to get the players and fans excited.

Here's also another caveat for Jones to consider: If Cincinnati fires head coach Marvin Lewis, then Billick might make that call to Lewis to become the Cowboys defensive coordinator.

Come on, Jerry, how do you say no to this? This would be like telling Batman he can't reunite with Robin, or Abbott he can't go back on stage with Costello.

History does repeat itself. When the Ravens fired Ted Marchibroda at the end of the 1998 season, the Ravens were looking for someone energetic who exuded confidence and could become the face of the organization.

The Ravens had a mixture of talent with young players about to enter their peaks and some veterans who wanted one more shot at a Super Bowl title. With Billick and Lewis, the Ravens won a Super Bowl in only Billick's second year.

Look at the Cowboys. They have outstanding talent. They just need some energy, confidence and direction. They need a new face on the franchise instead of the old, tired ones worn by Jones and Phillips.

It's the perfect scenario for Billick. Football is different in Dallas. It's not a game, but a way of life. Billick can schmooze the corporate types and season ticket holders with his five-syllable, $50 words, and the media wouldn't be able to get enough of Billick and America's team.

He'd win the players over instantly. He'd go in talking about treating them like men, and give them the Camp Cream Puff training camp. One of Billick's major strengths has always been as an organizer, and those players would eat it up along with Lewis and Billick showing off their Super Bowl rings.

The players already want to prove it was Phillips' fault in 2010, and Billick would pull out the us-against-the-world theme again.

Billick would love this team. They got a good quarterback in Tony Romo, even though he chokes in big games. They have two good hard runners in Marion Barber and Felix Jones.

Remember how Billick always talked about having big receivers? In Dallas, he would have Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, both at 6-foot-2, and the 6-foot-3 Roy Williams. He would be tossing moon balls all over the new stadium.

Lewis would be just as ecstatic about the defense. In the first introduction meeting, he could remind the Cowboys how he helped build some of the great defenses in Pittsburgh, and then one of the best ever in Baltimore.

The Cowboys have just as much talent on defense as offense with linemen Marcus Spears, Jay Ratliff and linebackers Keith Brooking and DeMarcus Ware.

At this point in time, Billick and the Cowboys are a dream matchup. Of course, the X-factor would be Billick having to co-exist with Jones, who likes to talk as much as Billick. But Billick is smart enough to handle that situation without a lot of confrontation.

As for Jones, there were some who thought he couldn't handle the personality of former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson. Together, they won back to back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.

That might not happen again with Billick, but it's an intriguing pair. In fact, if Billick was hired, if they were going to win a championship, it would be somewhere in the first three years.

There is nothing for Dallas to lose. In nine years in Baltimore, Billick finished with an 85-67 record, and was 5-3 in the postseason. Since being fired in December 2007, he has worked as an analyst for several national TV outlets interviewing numerous coaches and players.

Knowing him as I do, he has probably soaked up a lot of information and advice to make him a better football coach. If he gets another chance, he'll do well. If he gets hired in Dallas, he might win another Super Bowl.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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