The Dallas Cowboys are 2-3, tied for second in the NFC East, sitting at 9th for the 2019 NFL Draft and after deciding to not go for it on 4th down and 1 on the Texan’s side of the field in overtime that led to the loss for the ‘Boys last week in Houston, coach Jason Garrett has quite a few fans calling for his head. More than a few pundits have jumped on that bandwagon as well and all of it matters for naught. For no matter what anyone prefers the only thing that does matter is what owner Jerry Jones wants to do and that is what we are here to talk about.
First, let’s get a fact of Cowboys Nation reality up front. No matter how people want to point the finger at Jason Garrett, he can only work with the tools at hand and with Jerry Jones running the front office the talent pools have been lacking, often old, overpaid and ineffective. It’s been better the last few years with a couple of really promising rosters. It’s still not there. I am not saying he is not trying hard to win. Quite the contrary. I am saying he is not very good at it. He let (then) head coach Wade Phillips go and tabbed Jason Garrett as his fair (ginger) haired boy at a time the rest of the league was doing the same. The Ravens offered the (then) Cowboys offensive coordinator a head coaching job and Garrett was talked out of it by Jerry in order to wait for his chance in big D. It quickly arrived.
So at this point, who is Garrett? Is he a guy who can win if given the talent (2014/2016) or is he a really talented offensive coordinator who doesn’t have the all-around game to get it done as a head coach?
Regardless of your thoughts on Garrett’s abilities, none of it changes the fact Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization need to find a head coach they can win with and Jason Garrett doesn’t seem to be it. In my opinion, they need a head coach that makes his players better. Think Bill Belichick in Dallas. Now that statement falls into the same category as the fans and pundits opinions in regards to how much it matters. Not at all. What does matter is Jerry Jones came out after last weeks loss and publicly chastised Jason Garrett for not going for it on that critical 4th and 1, overtime down from the Texan’s 42-yard line. Via DallasCowboys.com.
“We were being outplayed. It’s time for risks at that particular time” – Jerry Jones
And there’s the rub. It doesn’t matter what you or I think, believe or know. What does matter is how does Jerry Jones view his head coach? Don’t forget to consider what was mentioned above. Jerry does try hard to win. He likes winning. A lot. If all of a sudden he views Jason Garrett as a speed bump instead of an ego boost Garrett should call U-Haul because he will be gone.
So the spin begins as Jerry will attempt to frame his comments. However, no matter what you read or hear in the upcoming days, Jason Garrett has just been put on notice by his GM/Owner. Conversely, you will now see a Dallas Cowboys team that is pulling out all the stops to win every week. Conservative game management is now dead in big D.
The current question for the ‘Boys is do they have enough talent on the team to make a serious run. If not, Garrett may very well not last the season. Remember Wade Phillips? Jerry decided he had lost the team and he didn’t make it to the end of the season either. Just ask Jason Garrett.
What say you Sports Nation?
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