Loyalty. It’s what sports’ impotency is made of. It’s what keeps players on teams long after their talent has degraded. It’s what keeps coaches in their jobs when their system has gone stale or even when their potential has never been realized. How loyal are the Cowboys prepared to be to head coach Jason Garrett?
Business and loyalty should never mix. Yet, they often do. It can pay off at times, but, seldom. It’s more likely to become the hand grenade with the pin pulled that you held for one second too long. Messy, to say the least.
I’ve been contemplating this all for awhile now. As one of Jason Garrett’s biggest detractors in the past, I never wanted him to have the interim tag removed in the first place. The more I watch him coach, though, the more I’m convinced that his mistakes are all based on inexperience. Not sure I can fault him for that.
“I look to the future with Jason and not just through his contract that we’re sitting here with right now,” Jones said. “But it is not what is implied when you say, `Well, this is an Armageddon year for him.’ It is not that with me.” says Owner/GM Jerry Jones. (via Fox Sports)
He wasn’t exactly surrounded with other coaches that had the ability and the will to speak up and challenge his bad play calling in critical moments. There was far too much “I just want to keep my job so I’ll shut up and play along” going on in Dallas. Much to the detriment of the team and us fans, Jason Garrett was pampered quite a bit.