In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys lost only three games. The Boys, now 2-3 in 2017, have more questions than answers. It’s time for Jason Garrett to lead or else.
Head coach Jason Garrett talks a lot about his players battling. About scratching. About fighting.
Sometimes, though, I wonder if he accomplishes what he preaches.
Now that the Dallas Cowboys stand at 2-3, fresh off a bye week, it’s time for the coach to reboot the system and lead.
Garrett, who enters his eighth season as the head coach, owns a 60-49 overall record. He’s been a coach for the Cowboys since 2007. Overall, that’s 11 years with the Dallas Cowboys.
So, despite the years of experience, why am I concerned that Dallas is still heading towards a dead-end?
Let’s see, the Cowboys barely dispatched a New York Giants team, 19-3. The Giants rebooted after their 0-5 start, so there’s jumping up and down over that win.
And, of course, who can forget our Boys getting smashed in Denver, 42-17? Finally, the Cowboys lost a pair in heartbreaking fashion to the Rams and Packers, for a combined nine points.
At the start of the season, I inked Dallas to have a 2-3 record at this point in the season. Though, at the time, I did factor in Ezekiel Elliott‘s status, but nonetheless, Dallas is where I thought they’d be.
The problem, however, isn’t their record. The problem is how the Cowboys are playing as a 2-3 team. Compared to last year, the team is lethargic, slow, and overall, getting beat in areas they excelled in just a year prior.
The defense is getting smoked when it comes to jamming the run. The offensive line regressed with the changed line up. And, injuries have piled up.
If ever there was a time for Jason Garrett to take charge, the time is now. Or, if we’re being honest, the time was yesterday.
The talented Cowboys entered 2017 with clear expectations — get to the Super Bowl. And though the team has rocked back and forth with a tougher schedule thus far, the road to the playoffs won’t get any easier.
The Philadelphia Eagles are flying high. The Washington Redskins came away with an emotional victory. And even the New York Giants stalled their five-game losing streak.
It’s clear the Cowboys aren’t playing to their potential. You can blame the players, the scheme and assistant coaches, but the ultimate responsibility falls on the head coach.
And while he plays a great lip service at the microphone, his coaching on the field matters most, especially now when Dallas needs to pile on some wins.
A win at Levi’s Stadium would be a great start, but the season is long and the team needs some great coaching. There’s no doubt the players have the talent and caliber to fight. The question is whether the head coach carries the same amplification.
In other words, Jason Garrett still needs to prove it.