Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Is Jason Garrett On The Hot Seat Already?

Where much is given, much is required. The simple fact is this Dallas Cowboys team is built to compete this season for a division title and quite possibly make a deep run into the playoffs. The majority of the pieces needed when you think of a contender are on this Cowboys squad. So what happens if they perform poorly like they have at times this preseason? Does Jason Garrett get the boot at the end of the season? Or maybe he follows the footsteps of his predecessor and only makes it half way through the season before seeing it come to a screeching halt. Or does owner and general manager Jerry Jones give Garrett some leeway and let him live to see another day in the case the team struggles mightily throughout the season?

Jun 12, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) motions during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

If you look at the pieces this year’s team has in place it’s enough to make any head coach around the league a little jealous. Garrett has an athletic quarterback that has a quick release and an ability to make plays when other quarterbacks would have taken a sack for a loss or turned the ball over. He has a young, workhorse running back that is healthy and ready to take his game to the next level. There are receivers on this roster that, when healthy, can give any defensive coordinator heartburn. On the defensive side of the ball there’s the always lethal DeMarcus Ware who wreaks havoc on whichever side of the ball he lines up on. Jones added some much needed pieces on the defensive side of the ball that are performing at a high level this preseason; namely Brandon Carr. Not to mention the much heralded move in the draft to go up and get the best defensive player available in Morris Claiborne. And the list goes on and on. Sean Lee, Jay Ratliff, Jason Witten, Tyron Smith, and Felix Jones all add to the star-studded roster that resides in Dallas.

So should Jason Garrett be nervous going into this season if his team struggles out of the gate? Without a doubt. You don’t get handed this caliber of team and have the luxury to struggle. It just isn’t something someone like Jerry Jones tolerates. And he shouldn’t. If I had invested the kind of time and money into this team as he has I would be expecting multiple championships. To date there is one measly win in the playoffs on the books. Not quite the results you would expect right?

Now granted the Cowboys have not had a healthy, complete offensive line this preseason. Without that in place it’s hard to really see what the rest of the players on offense are going to be able to do. If Tony Romo can’t get any time to read the defense and make a throw, or if DeMarco Murray is unable to find a single crevice, how can you expect much out of them and any other skill player on the offensive side of the ball? That’s where Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Rams comes into play. The Rams have been less than impressive and everyone knows the third preseason game is the dress rehearsal for the first team offense and defense. You’ll be able to get a good look at what the Cowboys are capable of doing. If they struggle against a team like St. Louis then Garrett should definitely start getting nervous.

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  • SLeslie50

    Sorry but I do not agree here…
    1 – Compare the culture of the Cowboys when Wade was fired as to the culture today…all Garrett.
    2 Look at the difference in the last 2 drafts since Garrett has been the HC…Garrett’s footprint all over them as to what kind of players taken.
    3 Look at the lack of depth on the entire roster vs the nucleus of young players being assembled under Garrett.
    4 State of the offensive line and lack of quality depth at receiver.

    Yes, the Cowboys have enough talent to win a SB this year…but with all due respect they cannot suffer 1 major injury to Romo, Ware, Witten (already), Carr or Claiborne, Tyron Smith, Lee, Austin (really?) or Bryant and make it deep into the playoffs much less even win the NFC East. I think the Boys win 9 or 10 games this year and have a chance in the playoffs if they are blessed with exceptional health.

    This team needs 1 more offseason like the last 2 to be ready to compete with the NFL’s best on a consistent basis.

  • HUteP66

    Too many holes for you to say this team is built to compete for a division title and a possible deep run into the playoffs. Most notably, the offensive line is a stud and four question marks – not a good situation for any team. As of right now, we’re not sure if we will have one healthy top flight receiver available for game 1 let alone three. The safety position has been a glaring weakness on this team since DW retired. Has that been addressed? Stay tuned. We open up the season on Monday night in NY against the Giants and their vaunted pass rush. I hope Tony survives the first quarter. I’m not sure why so many prognosticators are predicting a Cowboys’ win in this game. That’s seems a little unrealistic. Then they have to play their next game three time zones away in Seattle. We could be 0-2 after the first two weeks, and then what is Jerry going to do. Remember, his window is closing. I just see an early scenario that causes a our GM to press the panic button. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m certain that when Jerry perceives that the wheels are about to fall off, he won’t maintain his composure, especially with all the smack talk he has dished already. Sadly, with this mess that Jerry has created over the past 17 years, it’s going to take one or two more good drafts to completely fix this team and return it to relevance. And that’s if our older stars – Tony, DeMarcus and Jason – can hang on until then. Given Jerry’s track record of poor decision making, I don’t think Garrett will survive an 8-8 or 9-7 season with no playoffs. And that would be too bad because where do we go from there?

    • Bhari

      I agree. Tony will be lucky to make it through half the season without an injury.

      Also, Jerry is far too hardheaded to admit that Felix Jones is a bust.

      Why not cut Jones and use the money to sign Wallace?

      Finally, trading up to get Liz Claiborne seems really dumb when we could have stood pat and gotten Barron… or, have traded down and gotten David DaCastro (who we really needed).

      Face it Dallas fans (and I am a life-long one), until Jerry wises up and hires a GM, we will never be much better than 9 and 7.

  • califrony

    We are going to see how much 80 million dollar can bring the boys this year, Remember last year they finished at 8-8. It it really the dollars that JJ spends or is it really soemthing else that win these games.