The Real Reason Garrett Remains Cowboys' Leader

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Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (left) talks with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett before the game at AT


Jason Garrett is the best coach the Cowboys can find…taking into consideration the special circumstances a head coach must adhere to working for Jerry Jones.

There’s no doubt at this point in life, Jerry demands a YES MAN for a coach.  He needs a head coach that will let him shoot off at the mouth on personal team topics the coach should be addressing instead.

He talks about injuries, he talks about who is playing, he talks about any and every decision that typically comes from a head coach.  Often he says it early in the week and the coach is unaware of his comments.

Jerry would drive any elite coach in the NFL to the brink of rage, with all the nonsense he’d have to stomach.  No other owner runs his mouth like Jones and steps all over his coach’s toes.

Jason played for Jerry, knew exactly what he was walking into, and was needed to get along.  Coach the team to the best of his ability, and speak to media when spoken to.

All the while Garrett allows Jones to be a loud mouth.  And for that Jones repays him with extra rope before he hangs himself.

Point in case, Wade Phillips had a superior record (34-22) than Garret in his 56 games at the helm in Dallas.  Wade went 33-15 in his first 3 years and made the playoffs twice.  Garrett hasn’t found the postseason yet.

So why did Jerry pull the plug on Wade so fast when he began 1-7?  His team had high expectations and they flopped.  I get it.  Yet Garrett’s 3 teams here have all had playoff expectations, and all 3 failed.

Jason does not have one successful season yet.  Wade had 3 better seasons in his first 3 years…13-3, 9-7, 11-5.  Garrett hasn’t even reached the 9 win mark once. Wade did 3 times.  Both coached 56 games here.

The illusion is Garrett knows how to balance an image of some control of the team.  All the while allowing Jerry to be firmly in control and flex it publicly.

It’s a neat magic trick.  Some Cowboy fans are sadly hypnotized by it and not demanding change at the top.  8 wins and merely competing for the NFC East title every year has pathetically become acceptable in Dallas.  Wow.

The bottom line is Mr. Jones holds on to Jason knowing he has a coach talented enough to keep the team competitive, while allowing him to have the first and final word in all team matters as well as publicity.

I highly doubt there is another coach out there more talented than Jason Garrett, that is willing to put up with the loud and public mismanagement of the team.

Another YES MAN replacing the current one would be a more risky proposition in terms of ability to compete.  As long as there are legitimate excuses to point to when topping out at a mere 8 wins, Jones feels vindicated.

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