Will Jason Garrett get Dallas to the postseason?
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports:
I'm told Jason Garrett is safe. Not only with Dallas' recent winning ways but also how he led team thru Brown-Brent situation. Will be back— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 23, 2012
Without question, Garrett has turned Dallas around in 2012 after beginning 3-5. Also commendable is his handling of the tragic and sensitive off-the-field situation before Week 14's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Still, in terms of strictly looking at what the Cowboys have accomplished under Garrett, he's not a strong long-term fit.
As Darin Gantt of NBC Sports points out:
As long as he works for Jerry Jones, there’s a ceiling on how long-term any of that can truly be, but the signs are in his favor now.
For one, the disappointing finish in 2011 rendered the 2012 season imperative for success.
Well, that only added pressure to the team and Garrett's play-calling on top of things.
Secondly, Dallas entered Week 16 at 8-6 and needing to win out for a stronger shot at the postseason. Even then the Cowboys would have to go through rough NFC foes in the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.
At the same time, Big D fell to the Washington Redskins at home on Thanksgiving Day.
Factor in that loss with Washington's confidence and Dallas' late season mishaps, and don't expect victory next week. The passing offense only ranks No. 4 because Tony Romo must be heavily relied upon.
On Sunday, Dallas made an impressive comeback to force overtime against the New Orleans Saints. Only 11 rushes were called to DeMarco Murray, who gained a mere 40 yards against a Saints defense that allows an average of five yards per carry.
Instead of shortening the game, Garrett tried to outscore Drew Brees.
To no one's surprise, Romo has been under much duress throughout the season. Having allowed 33 sacks entering Week 16, Big D's offensive line was exploited against defenses such as the Chicago Bears, Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.
A byproduct of that seeped into the ground game as well. Regardless of which running back lined up in the backfield, Dallas struggled to maintain balance. Unsurprisingly, the Cowboys rank No. 31 in rushing offense and average only 3.5 yards per carry.
How many more seasons does Jason Garrett have in Big D?
Flip to the defense, and there isn't much that stands out.
Despite trading up for Morris Claiborne in the 2012 NFL draft and bringing in Brandon Carr, Dallas allows a 62.3 completion percentage and has recorded only seven picks. Even worse, the pass rush hasn't been typical, with DeMarcus Ware only logging 11.5 sacks through 14 games.
Rob Ryan's rush defense also lacks by giving up an average of 4.5 yards per rush. Can't win in pro football without the ability to run the rock and defend the run, no matter how explosive a passing game may be.
Jason Garrett isn't the only one to blame for the Cowboys' shortcomings, but signing him to a long-term contract is a hasty mistake.
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