Following Monday night’s 34-18 blowout loss to the Chicago Bears, the Dallas Cowboys are on course for the 9-7 record I predicted prior to the regular season. No, I didn't make this publicly seeing as how I long ago gave up trying to make predictions in today’s lukewarm and diluted mess that is the NFL.
On the field anyway, there’s plenty of blame to go around.
At the bottom of that list is quarterback Tony Romo, who for the second time in his career threw five interceptions in a football game. He is 1-1 in those contests but could so easily be 0-2, and rightfully so.
It would be easy to blame third year wide receiver Dez Bryant, who aside from needing professional day care at the tender age of 23, still does not know the offensive playbook.
Sure, rookie first round pick Morris Claiborne got toasted by veteran playmaker Devin Hester.
And yes, the offensive line is as bad as anything seen at Valley Ranch since the Tom Landry era bottomed out and current owner/GM/cheerleader Jerry Jones bought the franchise almost a quarter-century ago.
The focus here is to make a strong and easy case for fundamental change with the Dallas Cowboys. It’s not only necessary to the fanbase but will soon be necessary for Jones’ pocketbook. Change will never come concerning Jones as the primary football decision maker in the Cowboys’ front office. Like the late Oakland Raiders owner and GM Al Davis, Jones will be around until he ceases to breathe—and don’t get me started on the growing similarities between these two billionaire egos.
Third-year head coach Jason Garrett hasn't demonstrated the ability to do much of anything as head coach. The offense is just as ridiculous and inconsistent as it has ever been, and the personnel on this team has changed almost completely since he was ushered in as a wet-behind-the-ears offensive coordinator prior to the hiring of Wade Phillips as head coach.
Yes, Garrett was always going to be head coach and history makes this quite clear even if the results on the field make it a mystery. Garrett has all kinds of credibility issues as a head coach and as a play caller , nd Jones is only responsible for the former. I have played pre-pubescent kids on Madden (you pick the year) that call better offense.
Garrett is a Princeton alumnus who certainly doesn’t lack for intelligence. His vocabulary is sharp, as you would expect, but proper grammar and a deeper vocabulary do not win football games. In fact, it’s those “other” words, sometimes not even found in Webster’s dictionary that tend to go much further in terms of getting the attention of a professional football team.
Out of touch is out of touch. And to use another overused term that’s so true, you either get it or you don’t.
Clearly, Garrett doesn’t get it.
It doesn’t matter that this guy, a career backup quarterback with marginal NFL talent, played many years with the likes of Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. This guy has been around at least a couple of the best teams to ever win championships in the NFL and to see him stand around with a headset on would never give you that impression.
You want a young head coach who has the fire and experience to lead NFL warriors?
Check out the beautiful Bay Area and do some research on Jim Harbaugh—it’s a short assignment there.
Harbaugh used to play quarterback, just like Garrett, but the difference is that he actually played. He is able to relate and connect with the players on a team that, upon his arrival in 2011, had no clue how to win.
And you think he doesn’t understand the all-important position of quarterback, even if he, himself, wasn’t a great one?
Ever heard of Andrew Luck, first overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft just months ago? Well, Harbaugh coached him at Stanford and the rest is history.
And look at what Harbaugh has done with San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith. Chosen first overall in the 2005 NFL draft, Smith was thought to be a bust until just months ago. All he did is revive his fledgling career in guiding the 49ers to the NFC Championship game early this year.
You can’t tell me that Garrett gets it. This is a level of entitlement not seen so visibly, outside of the political community in Washington. And just like those rich politicians throughout Capitol Hill, results for those they represent seldom come.
Would you want Garrett representing your state as a Senator or even your district as a representative?
I don’t care how long Garrett has been head coach, as there are some who will still say that he needs time to build something for America’s Team. But that’s only true if he actually deserves it and the volume of work, including his OC resume, in no way indicates that he either deserves it or is even qualified.
No, Jerry Jones is going nowhere and head coaching decisions of his are either really good or they’re simply a disaster. There’s just no in between. But there once was head coaches like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells, two guys who pretty much speak for themselves as championship coaches.
If Jones gets it then he’d better get that ego under wraps pretty quick and get a head coach, and soon. Jerry’s World has a bunch of seats that need to be filled and this could start getting difficult very soon.