The Dallas Cowboys have somehow, someway, found themselves back in the thick of a very competitive playoff hunt.
You can thank Jason Garrett for that.
We’ve berated, slandered, fired and cursed Garrett in a fashion only Cowboys Nation could do. Maybe he deserved it (his play calls were seemingly clueless), but he’s been a new man in the second half of the season.
The Cowboys were 3-5 heading into a seemingly hopeless game against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was believed that the season was crashing to the ground thanks to the incapable piloting of Tony Romo and Jason Garrett.
Then something clicked.
The Cowboys are 5-1 over their last six games, losing only to the Washington Redskins. They have endured injuries to seven starters and the tragic loss of Jerry Brown.
You know, you can say what you want about Jason Garrett. You can say that he doesn’t know how to manage a game; he doesn’t know how to call offensive plays and that he doesn’t quite have what it takes to be a successful coach.
One thing Jason Garrett does know how to manage? Life.
Grief, depression and loss are all things that people must endure. Sometimes there is a greater success than the success on the field. That success is found in helping young men figure out life and triumph over life-altering experiences.
Garrett has done that.
Thanks to Garrett, the Cowboys are getting all the help and leadership they need off the field and channeling their emotions and respect for their coach on it.
It isn’t easy listening to the media threaten your job and your livelihood while watching the ones who work for you crumble to pieces.
Garrett has built up young men and renewed them in the face of giants. He has dared them to be courageous in their vocation but most importantly with their families and in their lives, all while restoring a winning philosophy in Dallas.
With a career 21-17 record, Jason Garrett finally got himself a signature victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That alone secured his job.
In his third year, Garrett’s greatest victory was teaching men to deal with obstacles in football and in life.
That secured his legacy.