May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (right) talks with Gil Brandt after the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Gil Brandt: Cowboys Should Stick With Head Coach Jason Garrett


NFL.com’s media analyst Gil Brandt should know a great head coach when he sees one. He worked alongside one for 28 years…Tom Landry. Brandt was Vice President of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988. He along with Landry and team President and General Manager Tex Schramm made the Cowboys America’s Team.  So when Brandt talks about coaching, current Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should listen. And in his latest article for NFL.com, Brandt believes the Cowboys should hold on to current head coach Jason Garrett in order to cement the franchise’s identity.

“Great organizations have a solid identity and don’t change with the wind. They don’t shift their schemes suddenly or make erratic changes in strategy, because they have a carefully considered plan to begin with. This comes from taking a consistent approach to the draft, contracts and what you do on the football field — and that’s where the director of football operations would come in. Continuing to stick with head coach Jason Garrett would also significantly further this objective. I know Garrett well, and I know what kind of person he is and how extremely smart he is.”

Garrett’s current contract expires at this end of 2014. And with the team posting three consecutive 8-8 regular season records without a playoff appearance under his full-time regime, many expected the first-time head coach to be on the hot set this season. But according to what Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram last week, that is simply not the case.

 “It’s no secret that we probably are shoulder to shoulder on the success we’d like for this team to have with him as head coach and what it would do for our fans’ future, our future. He’s more capable today than he was when he took over as head coach. If that arrow is going up, it just makes sense to have our future with Jason.”

According to Garrett, Jones and himself haven’t discussed the future. The young coach is simply too focused on the present. And Garrett doesn’t seem worried as he looks upon the past three years a little different than most.

“We’ve played in the Week 17 game to win the division the last three years. We put ourselves in the position to achieve our immediate goal, which is to win the NFC East. Hopefully that takes us on a path to be a Super Bowl champion. We feel like we have the guys to do it.”

And although Brandt thinks Garrett will ultimately be the right man for the job, it doesn’t mean that change isn’t needed in his philosophies.  In fact, the former Cowboys personnel man thinks the entire franchise could benefit from playing a bit more Moneyball.

“This isn’t to say that the team shouldn’t adapt to the times. In fact, taking a proactive approach to things like football analytics — which the Jacksonville Jaguars are doing with mind-boggling alacrity — can be an important part of shaping an organization’s identity. Statistical analysis has the potential to change the league in the same way that the advent of computer technology did 25 years ago, and keeping up with that can ensure that the Cowboys continue growing and getting better in a grounded, smart way.”

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  • Scott.

    Personally I feel jerry knows he made a huge mistake with allowing Sean Peyton to get away from them. Jerry believes Garrett is equal to Peyton and will keep him. I think Garrett is a lot of reason for some of the new direction we’ve seen recently.

    • David

      JG is nowhere near Peyton…

      • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

        You are correct. JG is honest.

        • David

          Lol is that the best you have? The slush fund.

          • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

            Yep that is the only thing I need to separate one person from another. For me integrity is very high on the list. However, in today’s world it seems to have been lost somewhere along the line. An attitude of if the coach wins, who cares how he gets there seems to be prevalent.

      • Scott.

        After reading it again I’m sure I didn’t say Garrett was equivelant to Peyton. I’ve read articles stating that jones admitted letting Peyton walk was a mistake. Just saying jones might feel the same way about Garrett.

  • PaulTX

    If you can have both a Pro-Bowl Center and Pro-Bowl Guard for the price of a Pro-Bowl WR, most teams will choose the WR and maybe that is the wrong choice.

    One thing for sure, drafting must be sharp. But if you can keep most of your talent on rookie contracts, and only offer big money to a few key players, then you can fill in the gaps with veteran free agents on short-term contracts. It’s all about managing the cap and having a ruthless GM with loyalty to few players if any.

  • billy

    i dont know how, myself included, anyone is still a cowboy fan after almost 20 yrs of futility. jerry is absolutely one the worst gms ive ever known or heard about in professional sports.ive been a fan since 1960. i just cant give them up but i am absolutely sick of jerry and i mean way beyond sick of him. he can build stadiums and practice facilities and he can talk about what all hes doing and going to do but he cant put a competitive team on the field and he wont let anyone else put one on it for him. an imbecile with a little patience can hire someone that has a proven track record in team building and in a few years have a nice team. i mean anyone with any kind of a brain can do it. a complete lunatic can do, it but not jerry. i wouldnt spend 15 cents to see one of his teams play. and i hope no one else does either. maybe that would get someones attention

    • Jack Farguson

      A true Fan is not only a fan when the team is at its best, but also at its worst, or mediocrity. Jerry may be letting go a little from some of the things that I’ve been reading.