November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reacts after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Woodson: ‘Jason Garrett Doesn’t Have Full Control of The Cowboys’

After three straight 8-8 seasons without a postseason appearance, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is viewed by many to be on the “hot seat”, and in danger of losing his job. If Garrett wants to remain in Dallas past 2014, he’ll have to do one single thing: win.

And one Cowboys legend believes he knows Garrett’s main obstacle to that success and, more importantly, how to fix it. That legend in former safety and current ESPN analyst Darren Woodson. In an exclusive interview with Landry Hat staff writer Dan Krupinsky on Thursday, Woodson explained his issue with the current coaching situation in Dallas.

“…the one issue I have with the whole scenario, is that Jason Garrett does not, and let’s call it what it is, I don’t think he has full control of this organization. His thumb print is not on this organization. It’s, of course, Jerry’s fingerprints all over the place as far as the organization, the team, and in the locker room.”

Woodson goes on to explain what he think Garrett’s role needs to be in order for the team to be successful.

“What I would like to see more so is Jason Garrett be that guy who steps up and within that locker room, he’s the most respected person in that locker room. That’s what we want to see. If you ask any player in that organization who “the guy” is, they’re probably going to say Jerry, to be honest with you. And then Jason. But you can’t be that way. It has to be Jason first, and then the rest of the organization. The rest of the coaches and then the GM, owner and so on. I think the only way that Jason Garrett can actually put his imprint on this football team is if they win football games and the leaders within the team actually rally behind him. And that’s it.”

You can read Woodson’s entire exclusive interview, only on The Landry Hat, here.

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  • Earl Robertson

    That has been the problem since Jimmy has left!!!!

    • Scott.


  • Daniel Tamez

    Jones has to see this, has to know this, and yet there are fresh prints all over the place. As long as fans line up to buy tickets, food, and beverages. As long as they pay for parking, the dollars keep coming in for Jones. Does he really care about the product on the field or does he care more about the almighty dollar? How often has Woody expressed this opinion of his? Is this why Jones is clearly dragging his feet on putting him in the ROH?

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    This is old news and will continue to be so as long as Jerry Jones is alive. The problem will probably continue even after his death when his son takes the reins.

  • Greg Hill

    Agreed Daniel. Cowboy fans need to stay home and go on strike. The ownership will hear you only when it effects their bottom line. Otherwise, were wasting our breath. P.T. Barnum said it best, “A sucker is born every minute,”

  • Dubyasee

    There will be no success with the Cowboys like before, because the only success allowed will be Jerry’s. It’s all about Jerry. The Cowboys be damned. It’ll be Jerry’s leadership winning the Super Bowl or none at all. I’ll be real surprised if the Cowboys reach .500 this next year. The imprint of Jerrys poisonous ego is deep in this regime. Jerry needs to dump Stephen and get a real GM that has the power to clean house.