How The Dallas Cowboys Can Change The Culture (Part One)

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Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan on the sidelines with head coach Jason Garrett during the first half against the St Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The next area that this organization needs to figure out is that of the coaching carousel.  Whether we’re talking about head coaches or coordinators, the Cowboys have got to stop the insanity and be professional.  We all know times have changed and the stability that this franchise once had with Tom Landry is not realistic.  No team is going to have one head coach for almost thirty years, however Dallas has had five since 1999.  Think of the best teams over the past decade and one common denominator is the stability at the head coaching position.  Bill Belichick has run the Patriots since 2000.  Tom Coughlin has been with the Giants since 2004.  Green Bay and New Orleans have had their same head coaches since 2006 and Pittsburgh and Baltimore have only had two head coaches since 1999.  All of these coaches have won at least one Super Bowl, Dallas has one playoff win.  This seems like a good time to mention that Garrett is working 2014 without a contract so it is well within the realm of possibility that Dallas has six new head coaches after next year.

It’s not just the head coaches either.  Look at the buffoonery that has taken place with the Cowboys when it comes to coordinators.  Jason Garrett was hired as the offensive coordinator in 2007 BEFORE Wade Phillips was named head coach.  When have you ever seen a team get an O.C. before the head man?  During Phillips tenure, he was asked to be both head coach and defensive coordinator.  Once he was fired, Garrett took over but had to run both the offense and the entire team for his first two seasons before getting to be just the coach in 2012.  Speaking of two seasons, that’s all defensive coordinator Rob Ryan got before he was fired and replaced by Monte Kiffin, who lasted a year before being “demoted” but not fired so 2014 will mark the third straight year a new defensive coordinator is employed by Jones.  And if you think that’s a mess, the offensive coordinator from last year was also demoted but not fired and a new coordinator for that side of the ball was brought in as well.  Just don’t forget the head coach and the quarterback also have input on play calling.  Seriously?!?

To be continued Tuesday…

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