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.