Cowboys fans will laugh at latest twist in Duke HC rumors

Jason Garrett (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Jason Garrett (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

One of the greatest gifts that Jerry Jones ever gave the Dallas Cowboys was getting rid of head coach Jason Garrett. Now, Garrett might be giving him a present back – by keeping George Edwards out of the Duke University head coaching talks.

On Dec. 7, Cowboys fans became worried by the news that Edwards – a senior defensive assistant who has been integral to Micah Parsons’ stand-out season – was a frontrunner for the job and could be leaving America’s Team. The next day, Steve Wiseman of the Raleigh News & Observer reported that former Dallas head coach Jason Garrett is now in the running for the Duke position.

"While Elliott and Elko remain in Duke’s sights, former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett remains on the school’s radar as well. Though he’s never coached college football, Garrett played quarterback at Princeton before embarking on an NFL playing and coaching career."

What a turn of events! This would be a big win for Dallas and a big loss for Duke – if you ask Cowboys fans. And, that’s just based on his history with the Cowboys. Is Duke just going to overlook the fact that Garrett has never coached at the college level?

Duke University wants former Cowboys HC Jason Garrett for their vacant role

Let’s take a trip down (awful) memory lane. Garrett was the Cowboys head coach from 2011-2019. He amassed an 85-67 coaching record. Sure, he technically only had one losing season with the Cowboys. But, he also only led America’s Team to two playoff wins. That clearly didn’t work for Mr. Jones.

After leaving Dallas, Garrett landed in the Big Apple as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, a familiar NFC East rival. How’d it go back East? Not well.

In 2020, Garrett led one of the statistically worst offenses in the league. The team ranked 31st in points and total yards, 29th in third-down conversions, and 31st in red-zone conversions. In 2021, Garrett continued to show an extreme lack of aggression, refused to utilize key playmakers, and coordinated the league’s worst red-zone production team.

After just 26 games as offensive coordinator, Garrett got the boot. Meanwhile, Cowboys fans sat on their couches trying hard not to scream, “Told you so!”

If anything, fans can thank Garrett for helping keep the Giants out of NFC contention.

So, Duke University. While 0/10 would recommend, we would appreciate you selecting him over our senior defensive assistant, who has made a huge impact on young players like Parsons and Trevon Diggs. May the odds be ever in your favor!