Despite already taking over some office space at Valley Ranch early this week, Dan Reeves is now heading out. The deal with Reeves and the Cowboys seemed like a done deal just awaiting official word, but fell apart on contract details Wednesday. Reeves was planning to join the Cowboys as a consultant.
Reeves, 65, was expected to help bring discipline and change a team culture that lacks accountability and is full of distractions. He was expected to report directly to owner Jerry Jones. One of the interesting things had Reeves (an ex-Cowboys player and assistant) taken the job in Dallas was whether or not he felt Terrell Owens should have been in the team's plans for 2009.
So even when the Cowboys try to do something right to fix this team, they still can't get it right. But sometimes consultants can provide a sticky work environment and remember Reeves showed he still wants to coach again by interviewing for the 49ers offensive coordinator job. Then again, you Cowboys fans would say Jason Garrett needs all the help he can get right now.
This is a statement from Cowboys PR director Rich Dalrymple on Reeves:
"We had two very good days of dialogue with Dan Reeves, and both the Cowboys and Dan had an interest in working together. By Wednesday afternoon, we were unable to reach an agreement on all of the details of a contract, and both parties were comfortable with the fact that Dan would not be joining the organization. Jerry (Jones) holds Dan in the highest regard as a friend and a tremendous contributor to the history of the Cowboys and the NFL."
- Rick Herrin