Cowboys Coaching Staff and Playoff Hopes in Kyle Orton's Hands

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Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin on the filed prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT

Will Romo’s injury save Jason Garrett’s job? Listening to Jerry Jones, you may believe that Garrett is untouchable. You may also be upset at Callahan as a playcaller too. After two years as offensive line coach / coordinator, he has developed a group that created holes for a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time since 2006 and a 3,000 yard passer (3,828 yards in 16 games). The offensive play calling has failed to help win games, specifically abandoning the running game.

The Cowboys offensive mishaps are overshadowed by the season long defensive woes. Will Kiffin get a second year to show what his defense can do with a healthy defensive line? Kiffin did enter the season expecting Spencer, Ratliff, Crawford and Ware as starters. Only an injured Ware has been able to contribute this season. Kiffin was also forced to start Heath and Webb in the secondary. Did that earn Kiffin a pass in the eyes of Jerry Jones?

It’s unfortunate that in a year where the Cowboys have had great success against divisional opponents, they could possibly miss the playoffs while having the best divisional record. That usually doesn’t happen. The 2010 Oakland Raiders were the first team in NFL history to go undefeated in their division and not make the playoffs. That’s one record the Cowboys won’t match this season.

The Cowboys are in a “Win & In” situation. If Kiffin has any tricks up his sleeve, expect to see them Sunday night. When the Cowboys win on Sunday, nobody will remember losing to the Green Bay Packers. If they fail, that game will be front and center even though we can also point to games against the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers. I would expect heads to roll after replacement coaches become available.

Beating the Eagles will help Cowboy Nation bring the New Year in on a positive note.


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