3. This team is 12-9 since Garrett took over last November, and eight of its nine losses have occurred in games it led in the fourth quarter. The pessimists will look at the 8 losses as proof that Garrett is doing something wrong. The optimists will tell you that Garrett is coming up just short, and that with time and a few small tweaks, this team will start to win those games.
Regardless of your perspective, it is impossible to deny that Garrett took a team that was 1-7 last year and made them competitive in almost every game since he was placed at the helm of this franchise; his leadership and coaching has given them a chance to win in 20 of the 21 games he has been the HC.
Update: The 8 losses under Garrett have been by a total of 27 points; that is less than 4 points a game.
Has it been frustrating to watch them lose so many close games that we all think they should have been able to win? Of course, but I would rather see them lose a close game and think there are some positive things to continue building on, than watch them get beat convincingly.
If nothing else, Garrett has made the Cowboys relevant again. He has given the Cowboy Nation reason to hope, even if that hope leans more towards the future than this season. Jerry Jones knows that relevance and hope are easily converted into ticket and merchandise revenue, to say nothing of the multitude of others ways an improved product can generate money.
Garrett has done a decent job so far: Jerry knows that Garrett finally has this ship sailing in the right direction; he is not going to pull the plug before Garrett has had an opportunity to dock the ship.