The idea of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett doing anything right seems to be foreign to most Cowboys fans. And I must admit at times I have been guilty of calling for the Princeton product’s ouster. Yet, as each offseason passes, it seems that the team is following a plan to build a true foundation.
Garrett has been accused of being a puppet for owner and president of football operations Jerry Jones. And some have gone so far as to claim that Dallas’ head coach only keeps his job because he lets Jones walk all over him. I would counter this by arguing that Garrett has actually been the one to influence the Cowboys owner for the better in regards to building a winning tradition.
The first area with visible change since Garrett’s arrival is the approach to drafting. The former disciple and assistant under Alabama head coach Nick Saban preaches of the “process” of winning. And a big part of this process is winning the battles upfront to be able to control games.
In 2011, the Cowboys selected left tackle Tyron Smith out of Southern California in the first round to begin to bolster their porous and often neglected offensive line. This was a pick that Garrett never seemed to get credit for influencing. Yet, I believe he was instrumental do to his beliefs in winning the line of scrimmage. Couple that with the fact that Jerry Jones had never before selected an offensive lineman in the opening round of the NFL draft and it is easy to see something had changed in the team’s philosophy.
Keeping with this trend, the Cowboys has now selected three offensive lineman since that 2011 draft and they currently boast one of the strongest lines in the entire league. While one line has been vastly improved, the defensive front seems to be in a huge need of an overhaul. By trusting the process this team can eventually fix the holes currently plaguing the team’s defensive front four.