With blowout losses in back to back weeks, the Dallas Cowboys and their coaching staff have show a true lack of character.
Let’s forget everything we thought we knew about this Dallas Cowboys team. Coming into this year hopes were very high for the Cowboys. They were coming off a 13-3 season in 2016 that should have ended up being more than a divisional round loss to a less talented Green Bay Packers team.
But the Cowboys continue to come up short of expectations and, year after year, consistently end up being one of the most talented underachieving teams in recent memory.
There is plenty of blame to go around in Dallas following their consecutive embarrassing performances in back-to-back games. However, I think the spotlight needs to shine the brightest on the coaching staff being led by head coach Jason Garrett and their inability to make any sufficient in-game adjustments.
Two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons, and without All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, we saw backup tackles Chaz Green and Byron Bell give up six sacks to Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn. The one-sided matchup was glaringly evident very early in the game.
Based on the lack of adjustments to address the pressure coming from the left side of the line, you would think the coaching staff was watching a totally different game. Their inability to make changes during the game was a blatant failure by Garrett and company and had the game out of reach from the get-go.
Now, fast forward to last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. This was a game that, with a win, could have gotten the Cowboys’ season back on track and brought the division title back in their sights. Instead the Cowboys were embarrassed 37-9 in primetime on national television.
Throughout the first half of the Eagles game, the Cowboys looked like a team that had a chance to come away with a victory in what seemed like a must win game. After taking a 9-7 lead into halftime, they came out in the second half and looked like a Garrett coached team giving up 30 unanswered points. The game was a perfect snapshot of how the Cowboys can look totally different from one half to another.
Even with all the injuries the Cowboys are facing right now, with the likes of tackle Tyron Smith, kicker Dan Bailey, and linebacker Sean Lee all sidelined, the blatant inability of the Cowboys’ coaching staff to make necessary changes is going to cost them the season.
The Cowboys’ coaching staff need to take a long look in the mirror and recognize they are a huge part of all the problems this team is currently facing. A key part of any coaching staff is putting their players in the best position to succeed. And the staff in Dallas has failed at that more times than not.
In this being Garrett’s eighth season as coach of the Cowboys, he has managed a 63-51 record. That comes out to a winning percentage of only slightly better than 55%.
Fortunately, for Garrett, he was hand picked by owner Jerry Jones to lead this team, which is most likely the reason for the long leash to find long term success. And that long leash will most likely continue into this offseason as Garrett will be given the benefit of the doubt due to the numerous suspensions/injuries the Cowboys sustained throughout this year.
At what point does Jerry Jones realize that this team is too talented to continue to come up short year after year? The Dallas Cowboys appear to be on pace for, at best, another 8-8 season, which would be Jason Garrett’s fourth such season in eight years. Another average year for what appears to be an average coach.