I think Dallas Cowboys fans should get on their knees to pray that the Detroit Lions hire Jason Garrett as their next head coach.
Garrett last year was the hottest coaching prospect in the NFL, which led owner Jerry Jones to make him the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL with a $3 million contract. The Cowboys had one of the best offenses in the league and when 2008 started they looked invincible.
Then, the season actually started and after three games it became clear that the Cowboys weren’t that good. Then they lost to the St. Louis Rams, no GOT CRUSHED, and reality set in.
But Jerry Jones’ love affair with Jason Garrett is an odd story rarely seen in the NFL.
If you remember, Jerry Jones hired Garrett before the Cowboys ever had a head coach. Fans weren’t sure what the heck was going on because when Garrett came on board, he did not have a title. Then, a few weeks later, Jones hired Wade Phillips and conditioned that Garrett becomes the offensive coordinator.
It was a move that even Oakland Raiders Al Davis wouldn’t do. It was bizarre and not very intelligent. Usually, when a head coach is hired, that coach hires his coordinator because he hires people he is familiar with, people he gets along with, and people he trusts and understands. Jason Garrett didn’t know Wade Phillips at all. Wade Phillips didn’t know Jason Garrett at all. The India-style marriage worked fine for that 13-3 season until the playoffs started, and it has been downhill from there.
In today’s press conference, Wade Phillips said that Jason Garrett’s job is safe. But the Detroit Lions could change all of that with a new paycheck. It just has to be more than $3 million. Pray folks, because it would be a good move for both Garrett and the Cowboys.