Dallas Cowboys Need To Be Thinking of Next Year—Already

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett


Realize that current head coach Jason Garrett is only averaging just under one more win per month than Campo did, at least over his two full seasons as head coach. This seasons 5-5 mark keeps this fact fully intact.

Garrett and Campo share a couple of common denominators.

First of all, both were coaching hires that made Jones feel pretty comfortable. In other words, neither had the leverage that a coach like Parcells, Jimmy Johnson or another big name would have had at Valley Ranch.

Finally, both inherited teams that weren’t playing particularly well and both faced a shortage of resources available to correct numerous problems. Campo had a rapidly declining Troy Aikman for most of his first season, but no forthcoming first round draft pick entering his second season with which to grab a franchise quarterback, like Drew Brees, the second passer chosen with the first selection of the second round in the 2001 NFL draft. Can’t offer many excuses for Garrett, but to be fair, he’s endured the better part of two seasons, to this point, with a remarkably high number of injuries to his starters on the defensive side of the ball.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.

Jones had to accept that nine seasons of “comfortable” head coaching hires wasn’t getting the job done. He also knew that the new football palace in Arlington, Texas wasn’t going to build itself, especially with a team that was far from contention upon the start of the new millenium.

Enter Parcells, who at least changed the losing culture that had really set in with the Cowboys.

Well, Jones has had another seven seasons, counting 2013, to enjoy “comfortable” head coaches, like Wade Phillips, sometimes referred to as “Coach Cupcake”, and of course Garrett, a guy that Jones fully intended to hire as a head coach when Phillips came aboard in 2007.

Cowboys fans really don’t give a squirt of stale beer how comfortable Jones is as owner and GM. They don’t care about the size of the giant television at the semi-new stadium.

Dallas fans want a contender, and when they don’t get it, they will stop showing up. The ghost of Tom Landry can offer firm confirmation of that fact. Even Jones, himself, realizes that this is true. His 1989 rookie-season as an owner saw exactly one win that season, and most home games had been blacked out since the season prior. It wasn’t until 1991 that the Cowboys finally sold out an entire home schedule—Dallas still needed help from a North Texas grocery chain to get the first three games sold out.

In other words, when the Cowboys fan base in North Texas has had enough, they’ve had enough. It’s hard to get them back too. It’s not like there’s some magically ridiculous Herschel Walker trade coming to remake the roster almost overnight either.

Jones has to look to the future as opposed to actually entertaining the idea that the Cowboys can limp into the playoffs as winners of the NFL’s worst division this year. Understand that this can still happen seeing as how each of Dallas’ NFC East rivals face some pretty tough games down the stretch, games that exclude rematches against the Cowboys.

But what does a playoff birth really mean? The Cowboys haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this season, instead preferring to handle only opponents who don’t have proven franchise quarterbacks. I think that New Orleans showed Sunday night that Dallas is quite far from being ready for postseason play, most of which would happen on the road if the Cowboys were to actually win their second playoff game since early 1997 in the Wild Card round.

You really think Dallas is going to get healthy enough for that kind of run?

You think they’re even good enough?


Jones is free to believe whatever he chooses when it comes to his franchise.

What he’s not free to do is continue to offer up a novice head coach like Garrett and sub-par performances year after year after year. History has shown that Jones understands these facts, even if it’s more “comfortable” doing things the other way.

Yes, history suggests that the future is now and the course needs to be changed.

Jones should start making some phone calls right away.

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  • David Kerr

    If you think the cowboys have no chance this year you need to look at the players they have coming back and think about how much better they make this team. Look at the remaining schedule and call me in the morning.

    • Jd

      Couldn’t agree more Dave. And besides the fact that we’ve already beaten 3 teams on our schedule already, Giants, Eagle’s & Washington. & 2 of them rather soundly. And for as bad as the defense has played, and with the amount of injuries we sustained, no other team in the league could have done any better than us. And when I hear about the amount of yards we’ve given up, Denver, okay. Sorry we couldn’t hold the greatest qb with the most weapons to understand 400 yards passing, my bad. And if I’m not mistaken, we pretty much put up exact same yardage against them. The Giants game, seriously? More than half of the yards the Giants gained was after we had a 21 point lead in garbage time. Detroit, any qb can throw the ball in the direction of CJ, who’s 8 effin foot tall and let him out jump anyone. And the Saints, come on, we were missing 5 starters and lost 2 more during the game. And the Saints destroy everyone at home. But we get no credit for holding Philadelphia to nearly nothing in yards & only 3 points in their building. No credit for the fact that we were one first down away from beating Kansas City, who we outplayed. And no credit for shutting down the Redskins in the red zone on every occasion except once. Everyone always looks at the negative with this team.
      And you’re absolutely right. 2 weeks off, we’re going to be healthier on both sides of the ball and we’re playing a Giants team who is worse than us. I don’t care how many yards we’ve given up or points in 3 games. We’ve been blown out once this season & it took 10 weeks for it to happen. The Giants have been blown out in 4 of their 6 losses. And they should have lost to the Raiders.
      And I know how bad and inconsistent our offense has been. But with 2 weeks to get ready for a team who’s offensive line is awful, and we’ll have a healthy ware & Hatcher together. A secondary that can’t cover my 2 year old daughter is about to get dose of a PO’d dez & a healthy Austin Miles back. And their front 7 can’t stop the run, Murray will run all over them.
      And yeah, our run defense has been brutal. But we’re facing brown & hillisn, not sproles & Ingram.
      This is our playoff game. We win, we’re in. We lose, season’s over.

      • David Kerr

        Glad to hear another Cowboys fan that’s able to think rationally still.

    • Jd

      And something else. Isn’t it funny how teams like Pittsburgh, Atlanta, the Giants & Houston were allowed to use injuries as an excuse for horrific starts & bad seasons? But if it happens to us, we’re told it’s just football, suck it up, it’s part of the game. We lost more starts on defense than all those teams, played with guys who haven’t played football since 09 & guys who were cut by teams this year because of too much depth. Yet, here we sit, still in first place and have a better record than all those teams. And they were all picked to go to the playoffs too.

    • jercon625

      Who cares who’s coming back. When they WERE here we were what, 1-1, 2-2, or maybe we were 3-3. Simply put, this is another 8-8 team, and if that’s enough to get into the playoffs, then we will just get drilled in the first round of the playoffs. This team just has no mental toughness to it at all and there just comes a time when we’re going to have to admit that this really is not a very good team. I have been a Cowboys fan for 37 years and this is the first time EVER that I am starting to lose interest in them. You see, I am 100% confident that, with Jerry Jones as GM, all is hopeless.

      • David Kerr

        I guess we will have to wait and see..

  • BigDawg72

    Its in the water so they need to change the tanks.

  • Marc M

    We’re on this site because we are cowboys fans. If you think the cowboys have a chance this year you are clearly blinded by your love for the team. I love them too but you have to look at what is real. It does not matter who returns to the line-up. This year is shot and maybe next year to. As long as we have a Owner who is GM, Coach, OC and DC we will never be an elite team. We have wins against who….teams that are worse than we are. We are Last in the league on D, you can’t give up 4 to 5 hundred yards game and expect to win, we can’t run or throw. Did you see the post on sports channels, JJ will ensure that DEZ gets targeted more from now on….Since when is he the OC and Coach?! See this is the reason we will never be great until this dumb a** sells the team to someone who cares about the Cowboys and it’s fans, not his ego and image. Everyone JJ drafts is soft. As far as the schedule…which team on there did you see Dallas blowing out…..none. The truth is that they can’t. OC & DC lost! They just watch the game like we do but they get paid for it…neither can adjust to opposing schemes. Get ready for 8-8 if your lucky!

    • jercon625

      Now I am glad to hear another Cowboys fan that’s able to think rationally still. Seriously, how many other owners do you see go around and say “this is what we are going to do on Offense, or defense”. As if your HC, OC, and DC have no say so in anything. The only other owner that I know of who did that was Al Davis, and we all know how is Raiders turned out don’t we. I live in Michigan, and the games that are in our region are Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Chicago, and Cincinnati. I couldn’t even tell who those owners are because you never see them in TV interview, or radio talk shows like you do with Jerry Jones.

  • SmartThinking

    Some of you guys are delusional if you think there’s gonna be a happy ending to this story. The three divisional teams this Dallas team has yet to play are clearly different teams from those Dallas faced and beat earlier this year. It’s foolish of you to think any of these teams are just going to roll over and give the Cowboys a win because they lost to Dallas a month or so back. New York has won all it’s games since 8 and 8. Their game against Dallas will be their Super Bowl. Dallas will struggle but win. Washington is playing much better football than earlier this season. Washington will be playing their Super Bowl against Dallas as well. It’ll take everything this team has to win this game. I’ve got it pegged at 50-50 at best Dallas wins or loses. If they lose, the season’s lost. Philadelphia is playing very strong ball right now. There’s no reason to think they’ll tank the rest of this season. By the time these two teams meet, assuming Dallas is still in the hunt, then that game will be OUR Super Bowl. Will history repeat itself three times in a row? At the beginning of this season, I’d have made book that Dallas would prevail and sweep the division. After the emotional crushing New Orleans defeat, I have serious doubts this team can win more than two, maybe three games more. This team is seriously broken and New Orleans opened it up and revealed the ugly truth. As much as I’d like to see Dallas make the post season tournament, there’s just not enough left of this team to make it so.

  • jrcowboy49

    And Jerrah should reflect on his terrible draft decisions using the 2013 NFL
    draft as one example.

    Poor value for trading the 18th pick, allowing SF to draft high performing
    safety Reid, drafting a OC in round 1 that could have been had in round 2, and
    not drafting a OG, OT, DT, or DE. As for the drafts under this idiot, Jerrah’s
    chickens have come home to roost!

    The Cowboys record of 134-134 since 1997 is the smoking gun and would be the
    head of any GM!

    Unacceptable! We need a GM who understands football, allows the Coaches to
    coach, and recognizes talent!

    Dallas is an average talented football team at best and the fans deserve