Just over the season's midway point, only the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers rank lower than the Cowboys in the entire NFC. With the talent on this team, the results are unacceptable.
Head coach Jason Garrett had previously turned down other head coaching jobs to stay with the Cowboys, where he eventually took over for Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season.
However, Garrett isn't faring much better as the Cowboys' sideline general.
Now with only a 16-16 career record under Garrett, the time for owner Jerry Jones to make another switch at head coach could be on the horizon.
The blame can be deflected in many different directions: injuries, lack of execution and a lack leadership on the field. But the head coach shoulders most of the accountability when things are going wrong and receives most of the praise when things are going well.
Right now, Dallas is in a bad place.
With Garrett calling plays, the Cowboys are averaging close to 383 yards per game. However, the team is scoring just shy of 19 points per contest, severely crippling their chances of winning consistently.
Dallas has abandoned the running game, partially due to injuries, but when you couple that with the team's proneness to turning the ball over (19 through eight games) and the offense's inability to puts points on the scoreboard, it puts increased pressure on the defense to hold the fort.
When all phases of the game aren't working in sync, the onus falls on the head coach. It is Garrett's job to motivate and put the players in a position to win.
While some think Jones is getting in his own way in Dallas—serving as both owner and general manager—he is going nowhere any time soon.
The talent on this team will always keep the Cowboys competitive and hovering around .500 football. But Garrett is showing that he isn't the guy to return the franchise into a steady playoff contender.
A midseason change isn't likely for the Cowboys, but Garrett's seat is certainly warming up. As the losses mount, Jones might not have a choice but to shake things up a bit.
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