Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, has lost respect from the fans and from the team. Leading up to last weeks game on Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons, Jason Garrett on play calling alone was beginning to lose the respect and hope of Cowboys fans and during Sunday nights game it is blatantly obvious that he has lost his teams respect as well. It’s becoming quite clear the team feels about Garrett as they did at the end of former head coach Wade Phillips tenure. So what has changed?
Sunday nights game was an eye opening experience for fans, myself included. Seeing a team that came out and dominated a first half of football but then mistakes once again piled up and the momentum changed directions with a rushing touchdown. With that one rushing touchdown and the game still within reach, the Dallas Cowboys players deflated. You could see it in their body language and in the mistakes that they continued to make. When a teams body language shows they have given up there isn’t anything more you can do to salvage that team. This is a repeat of the pre-Garrett era. When Wade Phillips was on the “hot seat” you saw the same thing, a group of guys who showed up on Sunday looking like they wanted to play but then just fell flat. Body language says it all. They’ve given up.
But you really can’t blame these guys for giving up. When watching Sunday nights game one of the most disturbing images ever witnessed during a football game was a head coach standing on the sidelines even after the deflate of the team, smiling and clapping and having fun. Jason Garrett was clapping over what no one is positive yet but that was a bit embarrassing for the fans to witness. Then seeing quarterback Tony Romo fired up was a welcomed sight. Also noticed was the fact that Romo was seen having conversation with assistant coach and “offensive coordinator” Bill Callahan instead of Garrett who everyone knows calls the plays. So obviously there is a some respect lost because Romo use to go to Garrett.
It’s been over a year almost two years since Garrett took over as the head man in Dallas whether it’s interim or the full title. He’s almost been like a politician since he’s taken over. It’s always the same speech when Dallas loses a speech a lot of us have come to know by heart. The penalty situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better another promise given in his acceptance speech and as it stands now is still broken. Jason Garrett has way too much talent to not utilize this team to it’s full potential. Fans are just now realizing what has been in front of them since the Phillips firing. With realization comes the blame and the loss of respect.
Jason Garrett’s time should be limited in Dallas especially depending on how the second half of the season goes but it’s probably too late to salvage the respect of the Dallas Cowboys and their fans.