You can hardly blame the media for their foray down that deserted alley. Jason Garrett brought onto the staff three of his former Assistant Coaches from his time in Tampa Bay, and Bill Callahan was one of his Assistants in Oakland. For those who are looking to beat the drum to stir up the natives the story was all too simple. That’s the problem though, it only made sense to the simple minded who want to stir controversy, not see the team reach the next level. Frustration with not having a winner has pushed logic out the door.
The truth is more than ever fans should be skeptical of the media for the very reason I stated above; the need to use sensationalism to drive traffic. Don Henley of the legendary band The Eagles had a solo hit song called “Dirty Laundry” that almost perfectly describes the current desperate state of the media. In that song he said, “People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry.” This is purely truth about the whole world today and especially surrounding the Dallas Cowboys. Negativity and conspiracies sell because one half jumps on board the nonsense and the other side tries to combat it. Please make no mistake, most of the stories were exactly that, pure nonsense. Hence the myriad stories out there that Jerry “emasculated Jason Garrett.” Forgive me for snickering but that is utterly ridiculous speculation.
You want the honest to goodness truth? Jason Garrett has the most power of any Head Coach under Jerry since Jimmy. At the very least he is equal with Parcells. Undoubtedly right now there are pundits and fans howling with laughter, but it is hollow laughter.
Let me be succinct here, the media do not like Garrett very much. He doesn’t answer the questions they want to report on. At least he doesn’t answer them the way they want them answered, so they go ahead and invent the answers themselves. Like who will be calling plays in 2013? The media want a definitive answer right now. Garrett and the team are unwilling to give them one. Why you might ask? Mainly because it serves absolutely no purpose to answer that question. You see, in essence the team has already answered it. Not only Jason Garrett, but also Bill Callahan, the only two candidates for this chore, have already told the media that it does not matter who does call the plays as it will still be based on the Offensive game plan which both are involved in creating. It’s not surprising the media can’t accept this, but these are the same rocket scientists who kept talking about bringing in an Offensive Coordinator when Callahan already had that title.