When Tonight Show host Jay Leno makes a joke about the costly interception thrown by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, you know life for America’s Team is just getting unbearable. On Sunday afternoon, the nation saw a team unravel as they gave up a 23-point half-time lead to the Green Bay Packers. The heartbreaking loss may have ended the season and probably ended Head Coach Jason Garret’s tenure with the team.
I don’t want to say it but I feel like the writing is on the wall for this team. They are talented yes, but their flaws are too big to let them ascend to join the teams that contend for the Lombardi Trophy. Injuries have escalated to a ridiculous level, play-calling has been brought down to nauseating logic, and the unstoppable force of father time has started to take an effect on some of the team’s star players. We could blame the Owner/General Manager, Mr. Jerry Jones, for all the problems with the team and rightfully so. But, we as fans know better than to blame King Jerry, he owns the team and will run it the way he sees fit. The only other man to blame is Garrett and it might not be fair.
The approach that Garrett went about was the right mindset a coach should have with any team. Having a process to building the team slowly, getting the right kind of players, and executing to perfection is a perfect way to help build a contender in the NFL. Unfortunately, that won’t work with this team, especially when the franchise has been close to twenty years without tasting glory. Not when your owner and general manager wants to win before his own window starts to close in on him. The city of Dallas is a winner’s town and the Cowboys are held to that standard more than any other team in the city. There is no place for Garrett and his process mentality with the silver and blue. He has to go and make room for a Coach that can get results now.
The team needs a coach that can get the team motivated, energetic, and focused on getting back to the playoffs. A breath of fresh air will liven up the stale efforts of the team and help get some playoff success for much of the veteran core. Also, a coach that can work with King Jerry will always go a long way. Easier said than done unfortunately, but that is the type of coach that will end the mediocrity haunting this team.
I have no doubt Garrett will be a head coach again in the league and probably a pretty good one. But for now he is not the answer for this team. The second-half of the Green Bay game showed us that already. Look closely at the game tape and you might notice Death lurking behind his shoulder. Times running out for Coach Red.