The Dallas Cowboys may have the most talented roster in football on paper but have found themselves on the outside looking in on the NFL playoffs, set to start this weekend.
After the epitome of a mediocre season, an (8-8) record, the Cowboys need to take drastic measures. Firing 9-year coach Jason Garrett is the most obvious move to make, other than long-time owner and general manager Jerry Jones stepping down. We know he isn’t going to do that, so Garrett is the odd man out.
So we thought.
The latest update is that Garrett and the Cowboys didn’t meet on New Years Day to discuss his job, which is weird. Black Monday has passed, teams are getting a head-start on new coaching prospects and the Cowboys are still hemming-and-hawing over a coach that isn’t taking them any further than mediocrity. Reports say that talks will resume on Thursday.
This is quintessential of Jones and the Dallas Cowboys under his administration. Everything is drawn out, nothing is simple, and in this case, emotions and personal relationships are standing in between business.
This here, this right here is why the Cowboys are incapable of being great with Jones as their owner and especially with Garrett as their head coach.
Garrett’s tenure started in 2010 when he took over as the Cowboys’ interim coach and ended the second half of the season with a (5-3) record. After that impressive showing, he was offered the full-time job and has been secure in that position for nine years. The fact that he’s been so secure in his job after an 84-67 (.559) record, including only three playoff appearances is beyond me, but it’s obvious that Jones is complicating this easy decision because of an emotional attachment he has to Garrett.
Garrett has never surpassed the Divisional Round of the playoffs, despite his loaded teams, full of big names and star talent.
Whether Jones decides to pull the plug or not, him prolonging the process does not only show that he cares more about relationships more than winning, this shows that once again, the Cowboys will likely miss out on the upper-echelon of available coaches and fall behind the 8-ball.