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.
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?