The college football world took notice earlier this month when the University of Colorado dipped into the FCS to find their next head coach. This coach was the Coach of the Year in 2021 and led his school to a perfect 12-0 record in 2022, earning him a spot with the woeful Buffalo’s program in the Pac-12 Conference. No one took a more personal interest than a certain owner in the NFL … and when THIS person takes notice of your career, chances are your career will soon involve working for them. The person who took notice is Jerry Jones, and the person he’s keeping an eye on is Deion Sanders, who will be the next head coach of the “fairly” well-known team football Jones’ owns, the Dallas Cowboys.
When it comes to talent evaluation, no one is “better” than Jerry Jones. The owner, president, and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, and if you don’t believe me, just ask him (just don’t look at the standings or playoff results over the last three decades, PLEASE).
Jerry Jones believes his eagle eye is one of the best in the National Football League when it comes to players and coaches despite the recent hirings of Jason Garrett and Mike McCarthy or the fact he ran Jimmy Johnson out of Big D since only Jones was allowed to have an ego or accept credit for the team success in the very distant past.
Last week, mere hours before Deion Sanders won his final game at Jackson State University before upstaging the win his by telling the school and his players he was leaving for Colorado, Jerry Jones waxed poetic about his former player. Jones, who was always involved in a bidding war with the San Francisco 49ers over Sanders’ services in the early 1990’s said of his former “Prime Time” cornerback:
“You couldn’t be talking to anybody that knows him any better than I do. Deion has such a positive enthusiasm about him, and a real genuine ‘one and one is three.’ It’s a positiveness about him. He has a real understanding of what a player’s mentality can and should be. He’s a great communicator and he’s a real leader of men.”
There are generally speaking two types of sports coaches and managers: Those who have a way they believe works and finds players who fit their plan, or those who look at what they have and draw up a plan around them. When Sanders arrived in Colorado, he encouraged the players on his inherited 1-11 team to put in for a job using the NCAA’s transfer portal, something he won’t be able to do if, or when, he joins an NFL team. This indicates that he only wants certain types of players on the field, and he will be his way or the highway with the Buffalos or in the NFL. Now, while Sanders might be able to be king of his football program in college, with unions, salary caps, front offices and 31 other pro teams fighting you tooth and nail, his method may not transfer that well from the place where they play football on Saturday to that place where Sunday is gameday.
Jerry Jones, for all his shortfalls as a football general manager, is, first and foremost, a businessman, which includes marketing … and what would put the Dallas Cowboys on the lips of almost every football fan and media member than having #21 wearing a Lone Star cap on the sidelines of AT&T Stadium? Jones has already begun playing the loyalty card with Sanders, reminding him who took care of him (more or less) during his Hall of Fame playing career, and now Jones can say he was slightly ahead of the curve when predicting greatness for Sanders as a head coach at Colorado, making it so much easier to call up Neon Deion and tell him his next job as an NFL head coach is waiting for him in Dallas.
Yes Cowboys Nation, I predict by 2026, Deion Sanders will be the next coach of your team.
TooAthletic Takes is the News division of TooAthletic. Launched in 2019, TooAthletic Takes is a source for all your sports takes. TooAthletic Takes will make you laugh, cry, get mad, and even call us “idiots.” We strive to give our readers another viewpoint on any sports situation, and we look forward to disagreements with the hopes that it leads to healthy discussions and debates.
TooAthletic Takes aspires to be the #1 source for all sports takes, and become a leader in sports media.
Worried/Not Worried About Takes
Prediction: This Person Will Be Dallas Cowboys Next Head Coach | TooAthletic.com