Jason Garrett will begin his career as a head coach today at 4p.m. against the New York Giants. Garrett is a former backup quarterback for the Giant organization and was well respected by the coaching staff and management. Ernie Acorsi held the opinion that Garrett would be a prime candidate as a general manager after several years in the front office. Jim Fassell encouraged Garrett to accept the position of quarterback’s coach, but Garrett opted to play as a backup quarterback for one additional year.
After Garrett’s playing career, he was the Dolphin’s quarterback coach for two years in 2005 and 2006 before joining the Dallas Cowboys as their offensive coordinator. It is without question that Garrett is an intelligent and talented individual. He has been a leader off the field while with the Giants, and despite declining performances by the Cowboys offense, the team has consistently moved the ball during Garrett’s tenure.
But the question is whether Garrett will eventually excel to the highest levels of his chosen profession. At present, he is the interim head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Without question, he has taken a seat at one of the best 32 jobs in America. Not all coaches are created equal, however. Garrett must lead a team to playoff success to be considered at the highest echelon of his peers.
Does Garrett have it in him? He has the potential, he has the knowledge, he has the pedigree, he has the charisma… but as Bill Parcells has said, if a player has proven themselves within the first four years, you have to get rid of them. Ironically, Garrett may make a better head coach than an offensive coordinator, but if Garrett’s ability to be an offensive coordinator doesn’t immediately improve, his odds of becoming a head coach again are dead in the water.