The cowboys were on the verge of sweeping the New York Giants on Sunday, but due to their never ending mistakes they were defeated. Too many turnovers and a lackluster running game buried the Cowboys early on in the game. Seeing the Cowboys bounce back from a 23 to 0 deficit was surprising and exhilarating but, seeing them spiral down to their demise was nothing more than anticipated disappointment. Many will point the finger at Tony Romo’s turnovers, others will blame Felix Jones and his crucial 4th quarter fumble, but the real problem here isn’t the players but the head coach, Jason Garrett.
As of now Jason Garrett has done nothing to prove that he is worthy of coaching the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has failed to win big under his guidance and have retained nothing better than a .500 record. Alright, maybe that’s not entirely accurate but he is 16-15 as a head coach which is not impressive especially when managing an elite NFL team that has infinite potential.
These past seasons, the Cowboys have been heavily criticized for their lack of player leadership and discipline. There is no reason for the players to look for a leader amongst their teammates. Don’t get me wrong player leadership is crucial for chemistry on the field, but what’s the point if there is no regulation, no guidance, and no assertiveness coming from the supposed “head coach” of the team?
Was leadership ever questioned when Bill Parcels was leading this team? Nope. Uncertainty and doubt began to settle when Jerry Jones decided to hire guys like Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett to lead the Dallas Cowboys. Leadership starts with the coaches and carries on to the players, if your coach can’t get emotionally involved in a game as if he’s the one playing in it, than he’s not leadership material. As of right now the 2012 Cowboys are heading for no better than a .500 record under Jason Garrett, which is nothing to take lightly.
All in all, if Jerry Jones would swallow his pride and fire Jason Garrett, Rob Ryan can probably get this team turned around, or at least give this team the leadership it’s been missing. I’m not suggesting that Rob Ryan will turn this season around, but maybe it may help Jerry Jones evaluate all his options by the end of the season, when he fires Jason Garrett. Cowboys need a head coach with a solid background, a guy like John Gruden or Bill Cowher would certainly be attractive options for a team that should be competing in the playoffs. Who do you think would be the best replacement for Jason Garrett?