Jason Garrett To Have No Say In Cowboys Offense In 2014

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Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the field before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Old Frog

    I interpret all of this to mean Jerry is committed to furthering Jason’s training as the HC. Fans can say we shouldn’t have to train an HC but I think he’s being positioned to stick around for a long time. JJ said he didn’t want to draft a QB early because then “you’re basically training him for someone else…” He doesn’t seem to hold that same view for Garrett. He’s got a lot invested in Jason’s training and I don’t think he wants to abandon that and see someone else get the benefit.

    • SmartThinking

      I suppose that’s one way to look at it. Jones definitely has something up his sleeve but, for the life of me, it makes no sense inside the stereotypical format all other HC’s function in inside the NFL. I can’t help but think either Garrett is too afraid to put himself out on the open market for coaching other teams, or some phase of another team, or, something’s afoot we’re not privy to. It has to be demeaning to him. It is, the way I see it. Is he that good that Jones wants to invest so much in his future or, is Jones just taking a man willing to accept whatever is offered and re shaping him in his own dysfunctional image?

      • Old Frog

        Or is it a deliberate strategy to motivate players whose contract situations are also “ambiguous”. “If the HC can do it, you can do it” sort of thing.

        • SmartThinking

          Sorry. Maybe I’m underestimating their intelligence but I don’t see either of the Jones’ as motivational instructors. And I certainly don’t think, based on their past performance, they can plot a course that far in advance.

          Occam’s Razor states: all things being equal, the simplest answer is usually the correct answer.

          I’m going with Garrett’s too afraid to lose his job so he’ll do whatever they ask.

          • Old Frog

            And I’m going with it’s part of his continuing education, makes him more valuable, and he’s going to be here a long time.

          • SmartThinking

            We shall see.

          • ctcowboy1968

            JG has no shot at being a HC anywhere. He would be lucky to a OC at this point. He has shown that he is incapable. He doesn’t understand what to do. He does not learn from his mistakes. He just stinks. Time for him to be out of football.

    • ctcowboy1968

      If so, then JJ is making another awful decision. No team would make JG their HC. Doubt he could get a OC job. Everyone has seen the terrible job he has done in Dallas.

      • Old Frog

        Opinions vary.

  • Earl Robertson

    Man if this is true I don’t know what to do! I have been wanting to quit on the Cowboys for sometime now but every offseason I will see footage of the Cowboys in the 70s or I will hear Emmitt Smith do an interview and it will make me think ” I know the Cowboys haven’t won anything forever but at least there is a feeling of pride still!” Also I fool myself ever draft and think Jerry might do something great! Then I will watch a preseason game and get excited over some young players and think We are close to turning this around! But the elephant in the room is Jerry Jones and I know that isn’t going anywhere! The hate I have for Jerry Jones is not at the point of being more then the love I have for the Cowboys! But the gap is closing fast! Once it overtakes the love then that is when I can finally divorce this team which I think it will happen this year! Jerry hiring and changing and saying Garrett isn’t going to do this or he going to do this might be the straw that breaks the Camel’s back!

  • Todd

    He may be applying the same strategy he used in firing Rob Ryan and hiring the ancient Monte Kiffin to run the defense. That seemed to have worked wonders for the ‘Boys.

  • ctcowboy1968

    JJ is an idiot. When coaches or players don’t perform in the real world, they are shown the door. Yet JJ keeps all the underperformers on the payroll. JG, Kiffin and Callahan should be fired. Get new and better coaches on board. This would send the right message to the coaches and players of this organization. Don’t accept under performance.