Cowboys Coaching Hot Board: Top 10 Candidates To Replace Jason Garrett (If He's Fired)

Jason Garrett is on the hot seat right now for the Dallas Cowboys, despite what Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones say publically. After all, Garrett is entering his 10th year with the Cowboys with no extension. The Cowboys got off to a hot start to the season, but now Garrett’s hot seat is hotter than ever after 3 straight losses, including one to the winless Jets. Cowboys Report Host Tom Downey has the top 10 candidates to replace Garrett if Jerry Jones and Cowboys decide to fire Jason Garrett. 

As Garrett critics grow by the week, names like Lincoln Riley, Tony Romo, Sean Payton, Jim Harbaugh, Ryan Day, Kris Richard and Urban Meyer continue to circulate through the Cowboys coaching rumor mill. Riley has garnered a lot of NFL attention with his success at Oklahoma, who 6-0 this season with Jalen Hurts looking to become the third straight Heisman-winning QB out of OU. Recent reports said Jerry Jones is “very intrigued” by head coach Lincoln Riley, who is willing to seriously consider the right NFL job. 

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Kris Richard could become the first Jason Garrett assistant to be named an NFL head coach. Richard is currently the defensive backs coach and makes sense to replace Garrett internally. Richard interviewed with the Dolphins, Bucs and Jets in January and despite not being offered, Richard has a good chance at being a head coach. But is the Cowboys job the right fit? And what other Cowboys head coaching targets are there? 

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Here's the full list of big names considered, but who have issues (from their end, Cowboys' view or both):
Sean Payton
Tony Romo
Jimmy Johnson
Mike Tomlin
Josh McDaniels
Dabo Swinney
Nick Saban
Mike McCarthy
Bob Stoops
Tom Herman

Here are the Top 10 Candidates to replace Jason Garrett:
#10 Jim Harbaugh
#9 Dan Campbell
#8 Kris Richard 
#7 John DeFilippo
#6 Eric Bieniemy
#5 Matt Eberflus
#4 Urban Meyer
#3 Ryan Day
#2 Chris Petersen
#1 Lincoln Riley

FOLLOW: Tom Downey is the Senior Writer & On-Air Host at Chat Sports. Please follow him on Twitter @Whatgoingdowney. 

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