Dallas Cowboys’ HC Jason Garrett: You’re On the Clock

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Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Once the third string quarterback behind Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Troy Aikman, Garrett was promoted to second string Cowboys’ QB during the late 1990s. His last year of player production for us coming in 1999, Garrett called it quits shortly after fruitless stints with the New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Miami Dolphins. He then retired and moved on to the next phase of his career: coaching.

In 2005-2006, Garrett became the quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins under now University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. In 2007, he made his return to Dallas as offensive coordinator. In 2010 after then Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Wade Phillips was fired mid-season amid a 1-7 start, Jason Garrett took the reigns and led the Cowboys on an very respectable 5-3 finish (considering the start).

That’s some nice perspective, isn’t it? To remember that in Garrett’s first actual season as head coach, his record was truthfully 5-3. The remaining 1-7 was courtesy of a waning head coach in Wade Phillips. We can’t really charge that 6-10 solely to Garrett’s resume and still be credible in doing so. Although, he was still the offensive coordinator at the time so he’ll still need to help Wade Phillips carry that cross.

In the 2011-2012 season, there were no excuses that came along with the “interim” tag that he held in the previous year. This was officially Garrett’s show from the curtain call to the to the last custodian cleaning the aisles after the show. We were all ready for the next step to be glorious.  Instead, I believe you recall what we got: 8-8.

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  • Scott.

    Great read. Really do think Garrett has the right attitude, communication skills and desire to be a good coach in the nfl. Some decesions have been questionable at times, usually time management but he will learn from his mistakes. Don’t forget bellicheck was a bad coach in Cleveland.

    • Old Frog

      Belichick went 36-44 during his 5 years with Cleveland and then 5-11 his first year with the Patriots before he got on track. By that standard JG deserves another 3-4 years before we bail on him.

      • Scott.

        And I’m ok with that

  • Old Frog

    I know you don’t like it but the Cowboys are a family business and Garrett is part of the family. No other coach they could get would fit into the clan like he does. Crying for his head is about as futile as crying for the head of Stephen Jones.

  • SmartThinking

    Point A: Garrett is big Jones’ pet cat. Even with a crushing schedule this upcoming season, when an 8-8 finish might be considered a victory, Garrett will remain HC at season’s end because big Jones wants it. What I’d like to see from this guy, more than anything else, is for him to step up, become the vocal leader, take all the disparate personalities on this team by the collar and force them to win games as a team.

    Point B: All by himself, Ryan was a distraction to this team. Production or injuries had nothing to do with it. His on-field argument with the refs and subsequent penalty cost Dallas at least one win and he had to go. Rather than wait until season’s end like big Jones did, I’d have fired him in the locker room immediately after that game.

    Point C: I’m not a Romo fan. But, the brutal truth is, he holds in his two hands the best shot Dallas is going to have at getting to the division playoffs this year. I question his durability. I question his decision-making … and a lot more. But this year, he’s the only on-field player who can unite all the personalities on this team and move them along in one direction.

    • David

      Wow you either have serious man love for JG or you have not watched many Cowboys games over the last few years. Because I see no way he is back if Dallas goes 8-8 or worse and misses the playoffs again. Dallas has been one of the worst prepared teams in the league. They have been horribly disciplined and have been heavily penaliezed as well. JG has cost this team several games due to clock management over the last few years as well. Those mismanaged games have cost Dallas a division title the prior two years. And lastly JG has a horrible offensive philosophy with has pass happy offense. He continuously put the game on Romo’s shoulders even when the run game was performing well. That also took a toll of the defense. JG has been a big reason this team has been a failure to make the playoffs.

      • Old Frog

        I think Romo has had a tendency to check out of runs because he doesn’t trust the O line…particularly on third down. That’s not Garrett’s fault. Besides Romo fans are probably happy about a “pass happy offense” since his statistics (for the most part) are so good. I’m not one of them and would love to see a dominating run game. Hopefully after this year’s draft it will materialize.

        • David

          Actually that is JG fault. Its not hard. You tell Romo don’t change the fn play. We are going to run the ball more. But thats not JG game. He wants to throw the ball.

      • Scott.

        I’ll just say I agree with some of your analysis but it takes time to diminish Jerry influence over things. He has that to overcome.

      • SmartThinking

        Man love? What are you, a hippie? I’ve missed about four Dallas Cowboys football games since the summer of 1960 so I’d say yeah, I’ve probably watched a few.

        I never said Garrett was my favorite. I never even suggested it. I intimated, using logic ( you do know what logic is, don’t you?) that I’m resigned to the growing fact that Garrett, love him or hate him, will get a pass from big Jones after this Dallas team goes 6-10 for the season. Why? Because Dallas plays just about every team from the playoffs last season and will be crushed by every one.

        Garrett will also get a pass when Romo goes down for the season in game three or four.

        Now, put on your rose colored glasses, toke a doobie and hold up two fingers … not for peace, but to show everyone your I.Q. for not reading my response better.

        • David

          No you just blamed everyone but JG. So how do you explain that. Here ill get more hip for you..Maybe you can get off his johnson. Hows that. Your knowledge is horrible.

          • SmartThinking

            Your mother never washed your mouth out with soap, did she? She also should have taught you how to interpret written responses in forums such as this. But you appear too busy casting sexually charged aspersions at other people. Not sure where all that fits inside the context of pro football. Maybe it’s your way of calling for help. You know, those who yell the loudest and point frantic fingers are usually the ones with the problems they’re hiding. It’s okay. I hear it’s hip now for people like you to come out of the closet and tell the world who you really are. Oh. Yeah. You’ve done that twice already.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    To me, Jason Garrett is the best draft coach since Jimmy Johnson was in town… Better than Parcells to find talent… Jason Garrett need a good DC cause he is an offense master mind.. Another good point fot Garrett is the culture in Valley Ranch since he is the Head Coach… No more Pacman Jones, Terrell Owens, no more madona players or Jerrah Kind of Guys…. Jason Garrett will be an outstanding coach and no doubt on my mind but Jerrah will have Patience?

  • guest

    THE COWBOYS WEREN’T 7-1 HE WAS 5-3. Which isn’t far off his .500 overall records for his three seasons.