5. Head Coach Jason Garrett’s job depends on it
It’s pretty clear that Jerry Jones is fed up. And there is little question that Jason Garrett will be on a short leash from now on, if he survives the off-season. Two back-to-back 8-8 seasons without a playoff appearance has Jones making major changes to every part of the coaching staff outside of the head coach. If the 2013 season ends with similar results, Garrett should and will be shown the door.
The players know this too. And those who like playing for Garrett should step up this year to defend their coach. And as a team on the brink of winning the NFC East for the last two seasons, a little extra effort could be all that’s needed to push the Cowboys over the playoff hump.
Garrett, himself, should be motivated as well. With bigger coaching names like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden entertaining a return to the NFL, the young coach should be willing to try anything to keep his job. That’ll probably include firing his own brother, tight end coach John Garrett, giving up play-calling responsibilities and switching to a 4-3 defense.
Nevertheless, this is Garrett’s final chance to prove himself in Big “D”. And anything less than a playoff appearance and possibly a deep playoff run will mean “the permanent bench” for Troy Aikman’s former back-up quarterback.