Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to the game against the Washington Redskins during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In Defense Of Jason Garrett

One of the most annoying trends to me has always been the fans and media prematurely demanding or suggesting that a head coach be replaced.  This season has certainly been no different.

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The minute the Cowboys began to fall short of expectations, writers and fans alike took to the internet to trash Garrett and speculate who his replacement would be.

I have to admit, I have criticized Jason for not allowing our offense to play as aggressively as it should in the first half of games.  I have also found myself frustrated while watching us continue to do things offensively that have been proven to just not work.

This does not mean that I advocate the firing of Jason Garrett.  Let’s keep in mind that this is Garrett’s first full season with the Cowboys, as last year’s lack of training camp had a profound effect on every team that was implementing new coaches and/or new systems.

Also, remember that the first cries for the replacing of Garrett occurred just a fourth of the way through the season.  That means that fans and media in Dallas are so critical, they literally campaigned for the firing of a coach four games into his first full season, one of which we defeated the defending super bowl champs.  When put that way it seems a bit excessive, doesn’t it?

Another issue that tends to get under my skin is the never ending list of coaches “rumored” to replace Garrett next year.  I find it as obnoxious as it is ridiculous.

Say I am hanging out with a few friends playing Madden.  One suggests to the other how cool it would be if John Madden coached the Cowboys, the other agrees.  The next day, I write a story titled “John Madden rumored to replace Jason Garrett as Dallas Cowboys coach”.  That’s about how researched and factual these reports of “rumored” replacements are.

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles while on the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Garrett is going to need a legitimate chance if he is ever to be expected to make a difference in this team, and we will never make any progress if we regularly change coaches every few years.

I understand how frustrating things have been, believe me.  Making rash decisions isn’t going to help anything.

Garrett will go on to be a great head coach.  It’s important to remember that not only is this his first full year as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s his first full year as a head coach period.  If we give him time to find his footing, we won’t regret it.

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