Troy Aikman Should Be Considered For Dallas Cowboys Head of Operations, per NFL Reporter

Another Dallas Cowboys loss has people all over the country speculating who will be the next coach and leader of the team. This is while the Cowboys still have a chance to win their division, host a playoff game and make an unlikely run toward the Super Bowl. One NFL report chimed in to who should be the next operations chief for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys slipped to 6-7 on the season after a 31-24 loss at the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, marking the fourth loss in five games for Dallas. Despite the woeful turn, the Cowboys will still be at least tied for first in the NFC East division after this weekend, maybe hold the outright lead.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones told reporters he intends to keep head coach Jason Garrett in charge as long as the Cowboys are playing games this season. If the playoffs were to start today, the Cowboys would host the 10-2 San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys have not beaten a team with a winning record this season, whether at home or away.

The fans and administration of the Dallas Cowboys still hold their organization to the same standard held in the 1960's, 70's, 80's and 90's. However, coach Tom Landry is gone and Jimmy Johnson isn't coming back. Legendary quarterbacks Don Meredith and Roger Staubach have turned out the lights and set sail, respectively.

For neophytes reading this, Meredith was the popular quarterback of the 60's, and Staubach led them in the 1970's. Troy Aikman took the reins at quarterback in the late 80's and through the 90's, and he led them to their last Super Bowl following the 1995 season. He guided the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories in four years under two different coaches.

By one beat reporter's account, Aikman would be a good fit to become the next head of operations should Jones decide to part ways with current coach Jason Garrett when the season ends and look at a potential restructure from the top and looking down.

Why Aikman as the operations manager? ESPN reporter Ed Werder, who has covered the Cowboys more than one decade, said Aikman would be a good hire.

"If Jerry Jones is committed to winning, he should be open-minded and discuss hiring @TroyAikman to run football operation. It's next thing Aikman wants to do in career. He's no yes-man, knows successful organizational structure, can share decision-making, bring fan credibility," Werder tweeted Friday.

In another comment, Werder pulled content from a podcast last year in which Aikman said he would be open to running football operations of a team.

"On a #Doomsday podcast episode last year, this is @TroyAikman on running a team: "Would that be something I think it'd be interested in? The answer is yes. And I'd take it a step further: I think it'd be something I'd be very good at."

Aikman is currently an employee of Fox Sports as the color analyst on the lead broadcast crew for the Game of the Week on Sunday, and for Thursday Night Football.

Werder backs up his declaration by saying former Cleveland Browns great Ozzie Newsome made it work as head of operations for the Baltimore Ravens, and then John Elway made it work for the Denver Broncos, where he won two Super Bowls before retiring.

"How did it go for the Ravens with Ozzie Newsome? Oh, and Elway did win SB as executive," Werder tweeted. "And what if @TroyAikman is better than either of them?"

Werder also suggested the Cowboys would let go of Garrett and the search would soon begin.

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Former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman talks with Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets and Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns prior to the game at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images
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