Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/27/13
If you haven’t noticed, the Dallas Cowboys are essentially building the perfect scenario for Jon Gruden to step into as head coach. The Cowboys have hired three of Gruden’s former coaches this offseason, and added another one in 2012. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia all served under Gruden during his tenure in Tampa Bay, and all have been hired this offseason. Dallas offensive coordinator Bill Callahan was recently given the reins to the Cowboys’ playcalling after being hired in 2012, and he too served under Gruden, but during his time in Oakland. Despite hiring a handful of Gruden’s former coaches, a team source with the Cowboys told ESPN’s Ed Werder rumors that the former Buccaneers/Raiders head coach could be next are “ridiculous.” It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities that head coach Jason Garrett could be fired, even though it’s weeks after the regular season ended. Garrett was stripped of playcalling duties, and multiple coaches around him have been fired after the Cowboys finished 8-8 this season. Dallas is 21-19 under Garrett during his 2 1/2 seasons with the team.

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