Cowboys Coach Garrett Stays… Because???

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

24-22.  Season. Over.

Another year.  Another disappointing finish.  As an organization and a fan base, what do we as Cowboys Nation have to look forward too… comments like this from our owner, Jerry Jones:

“I said that a month ago,” Jones reiterated Sunday night, “I stand by what I said a month ago.” 

In case you forgot, here’s what Jones said a month ago:

“I’m disappointed we don’t have a better record, but he (Garrett) has got us in position to win the division and got a team here I firmly believe has the ability to be one of the better playing teams at the end.  A lot of this story is to be played out. It does not have a bearing on whether or not he will be our coach next year. It has no bearing on that.”

And then again this morning…

“One thing that is positive is we have been in it.  We have been it (for the playoffs) right to the final game the last 3 years.”

So, 2014 appears to be season number four of the Jason Garrett era.  My question is simple.


The unwritten rule in the NFL is that you are given three years as a coach to produce.  Year one is reserved for clearing out what the previous regime left.  Year two is supposed to be when you start to implement your plans and ideals and by year three, we should all start to see something in the way of progress.

Garrett has had three years and eight games.  His record is 29-27 including 8-8 records in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Where’s the progress in that?

I want to pause for a moment here to be quite clear about something.  I have nothing personal against Jason Garrett.  I genuinely like him and think he has the potential to be a great coach but I can separate how I feel about someone and the reality of a situation.  If I was in love with my girlfriend but she constantly disappointed me, broke my heart and killed any hope that our relationship could show any promise, I would make the necessary changes and bring in somebody else.

Someone needs to tell Jerry that being “in it” is the worst case scenario.  See, when you don’t bottom out, you can’t draft high and when you fail to make the playoffs, you can’t win a Super Bowl.  So you’re stuck in no man’s land.  NFL purgatory.

So here is where we separate facts from feelings.  Let’s evaluate Garrett matter-of-factly.  Here are two key components to being a head coach and how Garrett fares.

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  • Jeff

    Beautifully written! I also appreciate the statistics you put up for black and white evidence of regression. I grow tired of blinded fans who claim their love for Garret or Romo or whomever it is, to say that the Cowboys have improved at QB, at HC, ….8-8 is not improving, its not getting to the next level, and its definitely no worth bragging about especially after 3 years of the same final result, 8-8. BRILLIANT written piece.

    • Jeff Murrell

      I would have to agree completely!!

  • Realistfan

    Winning and losing in the NFL is too complex to make it simpley about better teams and lesser teams. Who says who is better? using a team’s winning percentage to state better/worse is like the BCS calculations – it is something. yet flawed.
    Drafting success/failure? I’ll take what Red has drafted over Phillips and Parcells drafts, easily Give him year four and you’ll get more. This team has a strong core of good players. Salary cap hell has kpet them fromk adding through free agency as completely as one might – one reason we have some many undrafted FAs playing.
    Romo and now Romo/Garret have lacked two things for better success over the years: 1. a Decent O-Line, and a good defense. Not one year of Romo’s tenure have both been present. The O-Line is on its way to being fixed – see next year. The Defense now has to get rebuilt. The draft, by Red and the gang, will do that.

    • ctcowboy1968

      The drafts have been terrible for many years under JG and prior. Do I need to remind anyone of the 2009 12 player draft that did not have ONE player end up anywhere in the NFL? Worst draft EVER! Granted that was before JG. Escobar? Come on. Not an impact player. Could have had Larry Warford to start at RG and been set on the OL for years to come.
      Drafting is about talent, need and risk. Don’t draft players with injury history. History is an indicator of the future. Mimimize risk.

  • Old Frog

    Garrett’s in a tough spot. JJ won’t let him trade Witten, Ware, Romo, and Bryant for draft picks now, so this is probably Garrett’s last year and the next coach will get the luxury of being able to clean house. Hope I’m wrong but then I’m blinded by my love for Garrett…

    • ctcowboy1968

      Why the hell would you trade Bryant? Hands down one of the best WRs in the league now and will be for many years to come.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    The majority of the problems stated conclude the major problem is general management. Thanks for writing about the deficiencies. I just wish he had been more direct about who is responsible for these problems rather than putting most of the blame on the head coach. Apparently the writer doesn’t understand the limitations of a “yes man” like Garrett or he would have directed his article to the real cause of the Cowboy’s mediocrity. A new coach will also make on the field mistakes but no new coach will change the culture of the team as long as meddling Jerry Jones is mismanaging it.

  • terell28

    Great article could not have been put any better. Agree with you to the fullest.

  • John

    Is this team underachieving, based on the roster? Did they have talent to win the East and make a little run? If so, tip your cap to GM Jerry for doing his job and putting the talent on the field…

  • ctcowboy1968

    JG is the worst coach in Cowboys history. Hands down. He personally has prevented the Cowboys from going to the playoffs the past three years. Here’s a list of Garrett blown games: 2013 – Detroit and Green Bay (two games he should have been running the clock out, but continued to pass), 2012 – Baltimore (stopped progressing the ball though he had a 1st down and left his kicker with a 50+ yard field goal), 2011 – Arizonia (iced his own kicker) and Detroit (again, continues to pass the ball allowing the Lions to get back into the game and win).

    Out coached every week. Clock mismanagement over and over. Never takes responsiblity for anything. Can’t make game adjustments. No offensive balance yet he preaches it. No emotion. Same empty “process” and “get better” speeches. His is an idiot. Anyone with a brain could do a better job.

    To think that when JG was hired to be HC, John Harbaugh was available. John makes his players perform and be accountable. Has won a SB. Intelligent coach. Fired up which is infectious to his players.

    • Jeff

      Garrett didn’t blow the GB game. Romo did. One call in particular was a run play. Romo changed it to a pass and got stuffed. Result: turnover. Garret and Romo both acknowledged the play was a run call, and Romo admitted to it. People need to quit blaming Garrett for everything. Hes not all the problem.

      • ctcowboy1968

        That was one glaringly bad play. But overall the team should have been running the ball on every play in second half. Using up the clock so that GB would not enough time for a come back.

        • Jeff

          That I wholeheartedly agree with. I dont think I screamed at my tv as much as I did that day.

      • ctcowboy1968

        The two biggest problems with this team are JJ and JG.

    • Joe

      Are you really copying and pasting your replies from other articles? I feel your pain, tho..

      • ctcowboy1968

        Yeah,you caught me on that one. First time offense.

  • Joe

    Great article. I can’t believe most of the garbage I’m reading after this huge drawnout letdown of a season, but this is the most rational and well thought out understanding of the circumstances we find ourselves in.

  • Juanito Juanito

    Same gm, same record for the next seasonsssssss

  • jarrett p

    You are on the money injuries are no excuse if u draft good players u have good back ups.not bw webbs.then he goes out and pays brandon carr tons of money to get out played by scandric that’s why we have cap problems.