Admit it: Once upon a time you thought Jason Garrett was our savior. It's okay if you did -- I won't judge. Hey, like it or not, Jason Garrett did have offers from the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons back in 2008. But he stayed in Dallas. June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

You Should Want Jason Garrett To Succeed

Admit it: Once upon a time you thought Jason Garrett was our savior. It’s okay if you did — I won’t judge. Hey, like it or not, Jason Garrett did have offers (as a head coach) from the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons back in 2008.

But he stayed in Dallas. One word: Loyalty.

Feel free to return it.

Built-in Value

As much as I still want Jason to succeed, honestly, I do not think he will. (Yes, you read that correct.)

There’s obviously something in Jason Garrett to have several teams (including: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, and St. Louis Rams) give him a look at one point. Obviously, Garrett’s intelligence and creativity were elements sought after. But there was one element plowing against his future.

Unfortunately, time will kill Jason Garrett.

The Jason Garrett hype caught the NFL too early. Garrett was still raw, and considering his poor football management these days (Remember: clock control, icing your own kicker), Garrett has proved to the world he is not the football coach we once hoped for.

And should we be surprised? Not really. Let’s take a look at his coaching experience.

  • Miami Dolphins, 2005 – 2006 — quarterback coach
  • Dallas Cowboys, 2007 – 2010 — offensive coordinator
  • Dallas Cowboys, 2010 – present — head coach
  • Record as head coach: 21-19 (.525)

That’s not exactly a deep resume.

To be honest here — and I will — we could argue that Garrett has coached the team the same way he played: With third string quality.

But just like Garrett rose from the depths in the 1994 Thanksgiving game, leading the Dallas Cowboys to an improbable and yet defining win, the guy must do it again. Right now, as the third stringer. The underdog. The unknown.

And just like a little kid in 1994, I will root for him. So should you.

Jason Garrett deserves his chance to resurrect; to win; to succeed. He is a Dallas Cowboy. Not a Falcon or Raven. We should treat him as such. He made up his mind.

Don’t Look Back In Anger

I do think Jason Garrett would have went on to Atlanta or Baltimore with more success. In some ways, while looking down the barrel during his decision-making, Jason may have thought the same way.

He had to know the doom in working with Jerry Jones. Jason was in the front row seat when former head coach great Jimmy Johnson bowed out. He was there. He knew the difficulty of working with Jerry.

And yet Jason still came to Dallas. He chose a project over certainty and sanity. He chose The Cowboys. He chose the difficult road. Jason Garrett chose us.

When the calendar flips into September, put your freaking hands together for your former third string quarterback. This might be your last chance.

Besides, who doesn’t love an unknown underdog?

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  • Denver Coleman

    I’m OK with letting Red J evolve . None of the previous coaches made mistakes ? How much better did Stoneface Parcels do . I hope the overall ” walkaroundcoach ” suits him better to see the big picture . There’s a lot more glaring needs in this organization than head coach .

    • Michael Vu

      Agree. I hope Red J evolves into something. Can’t put the whole blame on him.

  • Artie C

    I think $3 mil had as much or more to do with Garrett staying as loyalty. Personally, I don’t think Garrett and Romo are a good mix. Like you mentioned, he coaches like he played – to me, Garrett was a bus driver and his offensive system requires an efficient bus driving QB. That is not Romo. Can Garrett change? Of course, he’s a smart guy, and getting Romo involved in game planning should help. His comfort zone is working within a system with a QB to match

    • Michael Vu

      I have to disagree.

      To the best of my knowledge, Jerry Jones matched Baltimore’s offer in 2008. This means Garrett chose to stay as a OC over being HC for the Ravens. Personally, I’d take the HC job.

      • Juanito Juanito

        garret could be a super bowl winner with ravens now, because them have a real good GM

        • Michael Vu

          Could be. Though, I’d give Harbaugh credit; he is doing an awesome job. And yes, they do have a good GM.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    If Garrett had taken the Atlanta or Baltimore job there would not have been all of the media hype over the coaching mistakes. Comparing his third string status as a player to his inability to coach is ludicrous. It is difficult for young fans to root for somebody when articles such as this references negativity. Given enough time Garrett will succeed despite an owner who doesn’t have his head screwed on right.

  • opticaljim

    You’d think the Cowboys were 2-14 last season. They were one foot and three fingers away from 10-6. If Baily’s kick veers one foot to the left and Bryant’s fingers avoid the chalk then the Cowboy are in the playoffs.

    That’s despite the fact that half their defensive starters went down, including two possible Pro Bowlers. That’s despite the fact they started the rawest O-line in their 53 year history, none of them had ever started that position for the Cowboys.

    Imagine a healthy DeMarco Murray. Then you would have seen back to back thousand yard seasons with 40-50 receptions in each according to his stats expanded to all 32 games. Imagine a healthy Miles Austin added to Bryant and Witten.

    You think Garrett will fail? I say he already succeeded and it’s only a matter of time before we all reap the benefits.

    And for the record, Jason did not ice his kicker. He called the timeout way before the kick and the official should have seen it in plenty of time before the snap but didn’t.