Evaluating Jerry Jones’ 2011 Cowboys: Who Should We Blame?

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How long before he is silver instead of ginger?

It was the coaching.”

There are also many people who to blame Jason Garrett and/or Rob Ryan. I am not suggesting that either of the coaches are blameless, but surely the players must also be responsible. I think that the average fan expected far too much from Rob Ryan (and yes, much of those expectations can be directly attributed to things that he himself said). How much better did you think that a new coordinator could make a horrible defense? It was essentially the same defense as last year, with the exception of the departure of Stephen Bowen and Igor Oshlansky, and the addition of Abe Elam and Kenyon Coleman.

The truth is: the defense was a lot better in 2011 than it was in 2010, and Rob Ryan deserves most of the credit for that, unless you think that Coleman and Elam made the difference. Other than the emergence of Sean Lee, the two aforementioned free agents were the only things different this year. Given that Rob Ryan did not have the benefit of a full off-season, but still managed to take the same players from 2010 and produced results that were significantly better, it is hard not to think that he did a decent job. If he did a decent job, it would seem unfair to blame him for all the problems that ail this team.

Rob Ryan is not going anywhere. He signed a multi-year deal with the Cowboys; the only way he would leave is if he was offered a job as a HC. Even then, Jerry Jones would have to agree to let him break the contract.

Much of the same logic can be applied to Garrett. No, I don’t think that Garrett’s coaching, play-calling, or game-management was flawless this season. He certainly made some mistakes. But, it wasn’t him who threw 2 pick sixes against Detroit, or missed a FG against Arizona and New York, or let the Giants sack Romo at will, or let Victor Cruz catch and run like he was playing against a high-school team, or any of the other things that went wrong this year. His offense averaged over 23 points a game; only nine teams averaged over 24 points a game.

If you also consider that they had 3 rookies (Costa was an undrafted FA last year who never played a snap) on the offensive line to start the season, both RB’s were injured at times, as was the No. 1 & receiver, the offense was pretty successful.

The other thing to remember about Garrett, is that this is not his team yet. He has not had the time to fill the roster with players he believes to be the “Right Kind of Guys.” He has had just one draft as the HC and a single free agency period. This roster is essentially still Wade Phillips’ team, and to a lesser extent, Bill Parcells’ team.

Jason Garrett is not going anywhere any time soon either. To read an article about why Jones would not even consider firing Garrett after one full season click here.

Click on the link to read about the real problem with this team.

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