Jason Garrett To Have No Say In Cowboys Offense In 2014

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Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones point to the fans prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Garrett simply rolls with the punches, going where the tide takes him like a boat with no sail. With no real coaching experiences to draw from, Garrett was, and is, grasping at straws.

As evidence of this fact, take Garrett boasting about taking his staff on field trips to study how “real” coaches like Mike Krzyzewski and Larry Brown run their basketball programs. How many field trips do you think former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson took back in the early 90′s? How about Tom Landry? Do you think he took field trips out to Pittsburgh in order to study ole’ Chucky Noll’s winning philosophies? Bottom line: Great coaches don’t take field trips to study other coaches. They don’t need too. They have actually real and personal coaching experiences to draw from.

In fact, I’ve often wondered if Garrett has a Coaching For Dummies book in the bottom draw of his desk at Valley Ranch. If so, it might explain why he keeps saying the same old things over and over again, as if they were recordings from his answering machine:

“We’ve got to get better in all three phases of the game.” (flips through pages)

“Next Man Up: If a player goes down with injury, it gives an opportunity to the next guy.”

“We are just going to keep doing the right things.”

“I’m sorry, Jason isn’t here right now. If you could leave your name and number after the beep…”

From the outside looking in, Garrett is an emotionless automaton. Just another in a long line of puppets that Jerry Jones allows to “pretend to play head coach” for his team.

On a positive note, Garrett talks a good game and seems to be well-liked by all. He never gives anything away in his press conferences, including many useable quotes (as they all sound the same). And he’s relentless in his repetition about saying and doing the right things, the right way.

But for all Garrett’s positive coach-speak, his results flat-out stink. Three straight 8-8 seasons without a playoff appearance speak louder than anything he could ever say behind that lonely podium. And at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.

Here’s how Jones clarified Garrett’s impact on the offense last season via ESPNDallas.com:

“There’s a difference when you’re sitting in the room and as the head coach you say, ‘Wait a minute, y’all put some salt and pepper in there,’ then after it’s already been cooked and you’re tasting it outside the room and you say, ‘It might need a little salt and pepper.’ It’s a big difference. One you’re involved in the cooking, one you’re not involved. Jason was involved in the cooking last year. That was just a fact and everybody knew that or should. That won’t be the case this year.”

Wait…What? Is this football or the Food Network? So, Jason’s not cooking this year. Basically, the former offensive coordinator is getting out of the kitchen…umm…I mean, the offense. You know what. I’m more confused now than when I started this article. So what IS he doing? Pacing the sidelines intently? And what does it say about Garrett and his coaching abilities when you’re squeezing him out of the one area he was originally brought into this franchise to run? (sigh)

Why the dog and pony show, Jerry? Why publicly pat Garrett on the back while pulling the rug out from underneath him at the same time? Couldn’t you simply name yourself head coach and be done with this whole owner/general manager farce? That is what you want, isn’t it? To prove you can win the Big One without Jimmy Johnson. In 1995, you won a Super Bowl with Barry Switzer at the helm. But again, that was with Jimmy’s players, right?

Jerry Jones is afraid, ladies and gentleman. He’s afraid he isn’t going to win a ring without Jimmy. He’s afraid he won’t get the credit he believes he deserves for those three Super Bowl wins. Jones wants to go to his grave knowing he did it without Johnson. That he’s proven himself to the Football Gods. That he possess the better football mind. That it’s his name, and not Jimmy’s, that fans talk about as the reason for those championships. To the man who saved America’s Team; all hail, Jerry Jones. Unfortunately, for all those involved, Jones’ feeble attempts to prove his football manhood might be the very thing that destroys it. And this weekend’s statement, is just his latest example.

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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.