Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett leads his team down the tunnel prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Garrett Creating An Identity For Himself


Jason Garrett is going into his third season as the Dallas Cowboys head coach. This is his team now. Unlike his predecessor, Wade Phillips, he didn’t inherit his team. Phillips was given a team that was constructed by Bill Parcells. Garrett on the other hand was given the skeletal remains of Parcell’s team. It may not have been obvious, but the Cowboys went through a phase of rebuilding. No one noticed, but Garrett has brought in an entire new roster.

There are only three starters left from the 2010 Cowboys, those players are Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Anthony Spencer. It should also be noted that Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, and Barry Church were on the team, but were behind other players at the time. Garrett inherited 5 starters and brought in 16 guys on his own. With the cap limitations the past two years, most of these players came from the draft or were cheap free agents. We are beginning to notice a change in Dallas, and the man who deserves the credit is Jason Garrett.

We first need to talk about the draft. Garrett has done a great job. At times, there have been some questionable moves. Selecting Bruce Carter in the second round in 2011 is one example. At the time, we had Keith Brookings, Bradie James, and Sean Lee. So why would we use a second round pick on a linebacker that would be behind three other players. Looking back, Garrett took the best player available. He believed that if they were truly talented, they will find a spot on the team. Carter may have struggled recently, but he has solidified a spot on the starting defense.

Garrett has also shown faith in his scouts. He has stayed true to his draft board. Last year is a great example of this. People questioned his first round pick in Travis Frederick, but Frederick was a solid part of our offensive line last year. The Cowboys believed in their draft board and took Frederick, who they believed was the best available. The Cowboys have faith in their own scouting ability and are beginning to make smart picks rather than flashy picks.

Jason Garrett is a drafting wizard. He has found many high upside players in the draft such as Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter, Demarco Murray, Dwayne Harris, Terrance Williams, and Travis Frederick.  When it comes to drafting, I have faith in his decisions. In order for Garrett to take the next step, he needs to do a better job on the football field. He does a great job in keeping his players motivated, even when they’re behind. However, they shouldn’t be behind for most of those games to begin with. Garrett has created an identity as a good team builder. This Cowboys roster is full of young talent, but now he needs to be able to get that talent to produce on the field.

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  • chesney

    Fourth season. Yes I know you tend to forget when every year is the same 8-8 season.

  • John Wade

    He sure is…….. one of the biggest mistakes this team has ever made at the coaching position…

  • Alfredo Martinez

    to me, the best coach for the Dallas Cowboys is JASON GARRET……Garrett is the best coach to find young talent since Jimmy Johnson was in Dallas, and that includes to Bill Parcells…Garrett is a coach with Christian values just like Tom Landry or Joe Gibbs, and that personality is reflected in their respective teams…Jason Garret need support in the defensive side of the ball…that is why Marinelli could be the piece of the puzzle to make the Dallas Cowboys contenders….JASON GARRETT has matured as a coach and would be a mistake let him go…..

  • Bill Smith

    8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8

  • Earl Robertson

    Yea he been coaching more then two years dude. But I agree with you he seems to be doing good at getting players that have some sense to them but I don’t know if he will ever learn to called a timeout and stuff that continues to cost cowboys a couple games a season

  • claytonryan0412

    Jason Garret is a bum. A rock could coach better than him. At least the rock couldn’t call a time out and freeze his own kicker!

  • PaulTX

    I would really like to make the playoffs, but 50% W/L record is actually really good for someone who has only been coaching for 4 years.

  • Malcolm Currie

    His identity is “Wannabe”! Why is Garrett given so much credit for player acquisition by fans when he can’t even hire his on staff at times!

  • IBleedBlue

    I’d like to see some of you dolts criticizing him go coach a team owned by KIng Jerrah and do as well as Garrett has. He’s rebuilt the roster basically from the ground up, even while losing talent like DWare, and has been in the division hunt every year down to the last game of the season. It hasn’t been pretty but if you haven’t seen the progress he’s made, given the conditions he’s been forced to work in, you need glasses.