Yes and no. Let’s begin with why he is not. It’s fairly simple. You ready for it? Here goes. It’s Week Eight and there are (not counting this coming contest against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football) still eight games left to be played. So, there’s that.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at why he is the NFL Coach of the Year. On November 8th, 2010, Garrett was named interim head coach after an abysmal 1-7 start saw then head coach Wade Philips pushed off of the proverbial plank. He’d finish 5-3 that year to put the Cowboys at a 6-10 finish. That’d be the only losing season he’d see as a head coach (and technically 7 of those losses weren’t even his).
I’m willing to take the stance that as the offensive coordinator for that team, he does shoulder some of the blame. There, I said it. Now grab your snorkel and let’s dive deeper. We all know what occurred in the subsequent three seasons under his watch: 8-8 cubed. The new “Law of Average”.
This led to many calling for his head (including the guy writing this piece) and I’d like to believe I’m as level-headed as they come. My call to arms was based on the inability to get over the hump and seemingly motivate his players. Admittedly, I was also spoiled by former head coach Jimmy Johnson and his maniacal ways. That’s what football coaches are supposed to be, right?
I mean look at John Gruden, Tom Coughlin, Bill Parcells, Herm Edwards, and Bill Cowher. That’s just to name a few coaches that are from that mold and have had success. The problem is we forget about those like Tony Dungy, Bill Belichick, and Lovie Smith who have also reached the top of the mountain without raising a voice. Turns out, it’s about knowing what you’re doing regardless of if a chair gets thrown in the locker room or not.