Despite being the reigning NFL Coach of the Year, could a poor outing this season by the Dallas Cowboys get head coach Jason Garrett fired?
After the Dallas Cowboys dominated a majority of their opponents in 2016, posting a 13-3 regular season record last season that included an 11-game winning streak, head coach Jason Garrett‘s job at the helm of America’s Team seems very secure.
But that was not always the case for the reigning NFL Coach of the Year in Dallas. In fact, many believed the former back-up quarterback could have been on his way out of Big “D” after posting three consecutive 8-8 records without a playoff appearance following his official promotion as the Cowboys’ head coach following the 2010 season.
But a 12-4 resurgence in 2014 combined with the team’s first postseason victory in five years earned the relatively young head coach a hefty five-year, $30 million extension in Dallas. Garrett repaid the Cowboys by posting a 4-12 record the following season, mainly due to two separate shoulder injuries suffered by then-starting quarterback Tony Romo.
But as a benefit of that lost season, the Cowboys were able to select running back Ezekiel Elliott and a surprising fourth round steal in quarterback Dak Prescott in the 2016 NFL Draft. That led to last year’s success and more accolades for Coach Garrett.
Despite the rollercoaster of wins and losses during his time in Dallas, is Garrett now considered untouchable? Could the Cowboys sink so low this season that it would threaten his status as head coach of the Cowboys? One insider doubts it.
"“So, would 4-12 get Jason Garrett fired this year? Possibly, but I doubt it,” responded Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News to a mailbag question back in May. “I think they are now his team and are poised to be very good for several years here now. He is starting his eighth season and seventh full year as Cowboys’ head coach. I think the odds are great he will serve a full decade on the job and increase his lead as the No. 2 winningest coach in Cowboys history.”"
Although many Dallas Cowboys fans could hope for a Jason Garrett firing soon, at this point, I think it’s nothing more than a pipe dream. In fact, I believe the Dallas brass will give the 51-year old head coach even more slack in the coming seasons due to his successes in 2014 and 2016, as the relationship between Garrett and owner Jerry Jones appears to be stronger than ever.
Short of a total team breakdown, Jason Garrett will be at the helm of America’s Team for the foreseeable future.