When Jason Garrett was brought back to Dallas in 2007, this time as a coach instead of a back-up quarterback, it was to be the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator. Now, in his fourth year as head coach of America’s Team, Garrett has apparently been stripped of all offensive responsibilities. If this is true, why is he even still the head coach in Dallas?
The news about Garrett’s apparent demotion came from owner and general manager Jerry Jones over the weekend. It was reported by Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star Telegram. Here’s Hill’s tweet from Saturday:
“Jerry jones said Garett will have no say on offense in 2014. Linehan will final say offense. Romo will also have more power, per jones”
The idea that the offensive-minded Garrett will have zero input when it comes to his own team’s offense is simply laughable. But as a fan, I’m not laughing. Quite the opposite, in fact. If this news is true, then why not simply fire Garrett and get this coaching charade over with? What does the young coach bring to the table if not offensive strategy?
Garrett is certainly not a defensive guru, by any sense of the imagination. His clock management is suspect. His locker-room presence and overall leadership abilities are debatable. The last four years have basically been on-the-job training for Garrett, as he had never held a head coach position before at any level. And, for some reason, Garrett still seems as wet behind the ears now as he did four seasons ago.
With no coaching experience, how’s Garrett supposed to know how to handle situations like the one surrounding Josh Brent? Or Jay Ratliff’s apparent mistrust of management? How does Garrett know where to draw the line with his owner/general manager? How, with zero head coaching experience, does Garrett know how to handle situations like Dez Bryant’s sideline tantrums or Tony Romo’s tendency to choke in big moments?
I’ll tell you how.