I’m rooting for Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett. That’s not to mean I am a big fan of his by any means. Because I’m not.
At the same token, I think he deserves the final 16 games for himself. I believe that. I believe this is his final call to rise. He knows it. And how it ends, hopefully with him over 8-8, will tell whether the coach will be around for a fifth season.
He’s made some mistakes. Some we can’t forget. Some we can’t forgive.
But I like the direction Jason Garrett and company has this team going in. Continuity is key. It’s the enterprise solution for the dark age this franchise is in. But, look, I get it: Nobody has the patience to sit back and swallow faith pills. The league is a business. If you can’t offer results, there’s the door.
One answer is in history. A successful coach once started his first five seasons with a 18-46-4 record. In today’s terms? Awful. Terrible. Bye. Bye.
Another head coach, who later moved on to have great success, started his career with a similar track record. His record of 36-44 in five seasons was nothing to gush at. Again, in today’s terms? Pink slip. And yes, he did get it.
Who are the two coaches? Tom Landry and Bill Belichick.
Now, hold your fingers — no need to rush to the comment section. This isn’t a lateral comparison of the Cowboys’ current head coach with the two greats. He’s not a Landry or Belichick — as of right now.
Isn’t it fair to say that Tom Landry would not be “Tom Landry” had it not been for continuity and opportunity? And the same for Belichick? The truth is, by today’s standards they’d be fired. History would know not of coach Landry nor Belichick.
So why am I rooting for Jason Garrett? Well, outside of his first (full) three seasons, which he posted a record of 24-24, the upcoming season is the hardest wave Garrett has faced. All of his hard work, teachings, mantras, all of it, it’s about to angle into the deep end. If his change of culture is a success, if he has righted his mistakes, if he has waved in his shipmates into one unit, then the ship he captains will jostle the storm.
You never know what a coach will do with the golden gun. Some will aim and miss. Some will grow into legends. But every coach deserves to hold it at least once. It’s Jason Garrett’s turn now in what could potentially be his final sweet 16.
I’m curious to see what will happen. I, myself, am hoping he aims, fires, and hits.