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Dallas head coachJason Garrett
Some will still say, based solely on record and ignorance, that former head coach Dave Campo was the worst hire in the history of Jerry Jones’ tenure as owner and general manager.
Well, Campo had no talent and the franchise had no salary cap space as of when he was promoted as head coach in 2000. And that Joey Galloway trade took care of any possibility of drafting a franchise quarterback, such as Drew Brees, just as Dallas had to suddenly replace hall of fame quarterback Troy Aikman.
These issues have never faced current head coach Jason Calvin Garrett.
Garrett wasn’t some hot-shot assistant coach like Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan that came from a coaching lineage of Super Bowl winners. Garrett just got the tag and Jerry Jones obviously knew him, liked him and bought the pitch.
Garrett’s best quality is probably his political skills. Unfortunately, that skill set does not win football games.
Garrett seems lost where clock management is concerned while children playing Madden 2013 on PlayStation seem to have it down.
Garrett offers no synchronicity whatsoever in his play calling, even if he does rack up good numbers as a play caller. But unfortunately, again, yardage does not win games either.
Garrett has never been recognized as a leader. He doesn’t have the experience or the personality to bring this critical element to the table. It’s not like he ever started at quarterback in the NFL like Jim Harbaugh, for example, and so playing experience doesn’t even suggest leadership exists.
Instead, Garrett sometimes calls upon former head coaches and retired military personnel to inspire his team. Jones, himself, undercuts Garrett by running onto the sideline during an actual game to give an update on another game that impacts the Cowboys’ paper thin playoff chances.
You think former head coach Jimmy Johnson or even Harbaugh in San Francisco would tolerate that?
Garrett is attached and on the clock not only as head coach but also offensive coordinator. Neither post has offered up the kind of results that justifies a head coaching job—unless you’re Jones, another guy who is misplaced as general manager.
Head coach of the Dallas Cowboys is not a job for beginners or prospects. Remember that Garrett served just two seasons in Miami as quarterbacks coach before Jones hired him. I don’t recall his work with passers such as Gus Frerotte, Joey Harrington and Cleo Lemon as being anything memorable or innovative.
Previous Super Bowl winners are available to replace Garrett at regular season’s end. Playoffs or no playoffs, it’s time to move on.