Jason Garrett, the second-longest tenured head coach in Dallas Cowboys history, has taken to broadcasting over coaching this season.
Most recently the New York Giants' offensive coordinator, Garett's coaching plans have been unclear thus far in 2022.
But a Thursday report from The Athletic's Stewart Mandel placed Garrett firmly back in the mix.
According to Mandel, Garrett is not just a candidate for Stanford's head coaching role, but is being considered a finalist for the job.
Garrett would have big shoes to fill if he takes the job. Stanford's previous head coach, David Shaw, occupied the position for 12 seasons. Shaw, who'd also coached in the NFL in complementary capacities, built a 96-54 lifetime record including two Rose Bowl and Sun Bowl victories apiece.
But the program has fallen on hard times in recent years. The team has limped to 3-9 finishes in each of the last two seasons. Stanford Cardinal Athletic Director Benard Muir may feel it necessary to shell out big bucks for a coach who'd bring instant credibility back to the school.
And Garrett can supply just that. A former quarterback at the collegiate level with Princeton who would go on to have a professional playing career spanning 15 years, Garrett has a wealth of experience in the game.
While reports tying Garrett to the Cardinal's vacancy are preliminary, media members have already commented on the potential fit.
"He [Garrett] is incredible at building culture and structure," wrote R.J. Ochoa of Blogging The Boys, a Dallas Cowboys website. "He would do so well at Stanford. Many have long thought he would succeed at the collegiate level. Rooting for him."