Back in 2007, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was just a newly hired offensive coordinator who had major potential. He was hired before his head coach and was given some of the most talented players to work with than any other coordinator in the league at the time. The initial results were phenomenal as the team has the 2nd best offense in the league and they boasted a 13-3 record. Since then, Garrett has been riding that single season to unprecedented power within the Cowboys franchise. Sadly, since that first season, the offense has been much ado about nothing.
Garrett is now the head coach of the Cowboys and has for the last two years continued to serve as the offensive coordinator. The results show that multitasking may not be one of the many traits that he may possess. The offense, while gaining a lot of yards, has failed to produce points in games. It was a nightmare to watch the team get into the multiple red zone situations and just settle for field goals.
Yet, after two years, Garrett still hasn’t changed anything about the red zone woes for his team. He continued to be stubborn by calling the same sorry plays that kept bringing back mediocre results. There is a major reason this team continues to underachieve, and Garrett is a major factor. Also, the play calling interferes with his game management skills as countless times he would botch simple calls that affect the game. Like freezing your own kicker.
Maybe that is the reason owner/general manager Jerry Jones decided to overstep his coach’s authority and promote offensive line coach Bill Callahan to become the new play caller. Also, Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo now has new authority in the offense, essentially making him the defacto co-offensive coordinator. It may have been perceived as stripping down the coach’s power, but something had to be done to fix this inefficient offense.
A focus on creating more multiple tight end sets and a new blocking scheme to help with the running game are all part of the new regime making the necessary steps to help get this team score points again. With the offense out of his grasp, Garrett can actually have time to focus on what he needs to be looking at: the game management of the entire team.
Jason Garrett is a smart man and a capable head coach in the league. The problem is that he might have been over-hyped by his terrific first year and given too much responsibility too quick. Now that he has been given some help on offense, watch Garrett evolve into one hell of a head coach with an offense that can score when it needs too.