From Staff Reports that Jason Garrett will be at New Meadowlands Stadium this afternoon in a position of importance comes as no surprise. The wrinkle is he will be in the role of interim head coach for the Cowboys. A different decision here, a changed priority there, and Garrett would be on the other side of this game in a major role with the New York Giants.
IRVING, Texas – Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows history hasn’t treated interim coaches well. Eleven midseason changes have been made in the last 10 NFL seasons. Only twice did a team post a winning record under the interim coach’s watch: the 2008 49ers under Mike Singletary, and the 2002 Falcons under Wade Phillips (2-1).
I don’t think the whole team has quit. In fact, I don’t like that word at all. It’s too easy to throw around by us media types and fans. Bradie James is playing extremely hard through an injury. He hasn’t quit. Jason Witten hasn’t quit. Colombo, Ratliff, Brooking and Bryant haven’t quit. Some players I believe have made business decisions. It’s funny to hear some of the greats of this franchise use the quit word when I’m sure they had moments in their careers where they didn’t go all out.
IRVING, Texas – Everyone just sit back and take a deep breathe. Now breathe. Good gosh there has been a month-long clamoring for the head of Wade Phillips, and you finally got it this past Monday, Wade’s 3½ seasons as the seventh head coach of the Dallas Cowboys coming to an end with the club 1-7 and mired in a five-game losing streak.
The second worst half-season in Cowboys history produced the franchise’s first mid-year coaching change. It’s Jason Garrett’s task to begin the turnaround in the Meadowlands, where the club endured the start of what remains its worst half-season ever.