Updated Jason Garrett Hot Seat Odds: Will Dallas Cowboys Fire Head Coach?

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys walks onto the field during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Dallas Cowboys are a shocking disappointment at 3-4 and third place in the NFC East, which has once again placed head coach Jason Garrett on the hot seat. 

The Cowboys, despite having elite talent on both sides of the football, have once again been a letdown courtesy of Garrett's inability to call an offense or properly manage a game. 

One would think that an offense that racks up 297 passing yards per game, good for the No. 3 ranking in the NFL, and an offense that totals 383 yards per game, good for the No. 7 ranking in that category, would be an unstoppable offensive force.

Instead, with Garrett calling the plays, the Cowboys only average about 20 points per game, which ranks them No. 23 in that category. 

This isn't a new storyline in Dallas with Garrett at the helm. He's routinely had elite offenses with quarterback Tony Romo under center, but the unit has consistently never been able to finish the deal and actually get in the end zone.

Not only is Garrett mediocre at play-calling in the red zone and in the fourth quarter, he has completely neglected the running game all season. As a result, the offense has become one dimensional, which goes hand-in-hand with the team's issues scoring touchdowns. 

The Cowboys have a blossoming star in running back DeMarco Murray, but in seven games he has only carried the ball 75 times for 330 yards and a score. His backup Felix Jones has only 49 touches on the season. 

Garrett's offensive struggles extend to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's unit as well, considering Romo's interceptions returned for touchdowns have killed the defense, despite it ranking in the top five in the NFL in passing yards and total yards allowed per game. 

It's hard for what should be an elite defense to keep a struggling offensive unit in the game when the offense routinely allows the other team to score off turnovers and typically start in great field position. 

Outside of the struggling offense, Garrett has dug the Cowboys into a hole in the NFC East. Dallas has the same record as the Philadelphia Eagles, but with the way the Eagles defense is playing and how horrible Romo and Garrett have been to this point, the two remaining games against Philadelphia could be ugly. 

It goes without saying that the kings of the division remain the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, and at 6-2 the Cowboys realistically don't have the fire power or ability to catch up at this point. 

At this point owner Jerry Jones and Co. need to realize that Garrett is simply not the man for the job. He's a player's coach that is reserved in his emotions, but the Cowboys already suffered through an era similar to Garrett's during Wade Phillips' reign. 

Phillips won a lot of games before departing, but never anything significant. Garrett has had about two seasons to prove his worth, and the Cowboys appear to be going nowhere fast with him running things from the side line. 

At the very least, Jones should be considering bringing in an offensive coordinator or an assistant head coach. Garrett is a great motivator, but he's simply not a strategist that can make the correct decisions and place his players in a position to succeed. 

If the Cowboys fail to make a push in the second half of the season and at least take second place in the NFC East around the .500 mark, it's a safe bet the Garrett era in Dallas will end prematurely as a new culture will be inserted in the offseason. 


Hot seat odds for Garrett

10-1 Garrett is fired within the next four weeks

5-1 Garrett is fired by the end of the season