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.