By Eric Schmidt

It seems as if Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are trying to put the band back together. Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli, Bill Callahan and now possibly, the Cowboys are reportedly negotiating a buyout of the contract for special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. What do these coaches all have in common? Jon Gruden. Coincidence? Perhaps.

Bisaccia served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams coach for nine years and served on Gruden’s staff during their Super Bowl XXXVII season. Kiffin served as Gruden’s defensive coordinator while Marinelli coached the Buccaneers defensive line. Gruden worked together with Callahan in Oakland and replaced him as Oakland’s head coach after Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It could be that Marinelli and Bisaccia came highly recommended by Kiffin and that is why the moves are being made. Or could it be that the team is slowly assembling a coaching staff that they can ease Jon Gruden into as the head coach?

I have absolutely nothing to base this on, but I have a gut feeling that just before or right after the Super Bowl, the Cowboys could announce the hiring of Jon Gruden to replace Jason Garrett. Gruden stated that he would be open to offers this season to return to the sidelines. The ESPN analyst was not reported as having interviewed with any teams.

Jason LaCanfora reported two weeks ago that four teams had contacted Gruden, but the situations were not to his liking. LaCanfora stated that Gruden wanted a team where he dealt directly with ownership, and hence the situation with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys job is one of the highest profile coaching jobs in professional sports. Jerry Jones is tired of his franchise being mired in mediocrity.

It might be much to do about nothing, but it’s highly coincidental that all of these coaches directly associated with Gruden are gathering in Dallas. If Gruden wants to return to coaching, there is no bigger stage in football than in Big D.

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