Believe it or not, the coaching carousel hasn’t always spun the way it does today. There was a time when coaches were given five, six, 10 years to build a team and lead it to success.
That era produced many legends.
Today, the National Football League is a “win-now” league. A coach’s success and job security is now based on their immediate results.
Fair or not, that’s what this league has turned into.
The Cowboys have had six coaches since the Jimmy Johnson era. All of the six coaches had a record over .500 except for Dave Campo, yet none have ever lasted more than four years.
Every time the Cowboys have made a coaching change it has come with additional headaches. New coaches bring new schemes; new schemes bring the need for the “right“ players, bringing in “right” players creates a team chemistry curve.
Congratulations, you have now just lost one whole league year.
This brings me to the curious case of Jason Garrett.
We as fans are quick to dismiss Jason Garrett (21-19) because of the Cowboys lack of postseason success. Garrett hasn’t helped himself with his display of ineptitude in crucial clock management situations.
But are we truly being fair to Garrett? Even Dave Campo (15-33) had eight more games coached than Garrett and he as awful.
Garrett is in the process of restoring a winning culture to Dallas. His vision is one that focuses on player accountability and game execution. Additionally, Garrett is creating a trusting relationship with his players. The team needs to believe in its coaches and Garret's handling of off-the-field issues has given them that.
While Cowboys Nation is accustomed to winning, we must remember winning takes time.
Now as we enter 2013 we see that the Cowboys are making wholesale changes. They’ve rid themselves of distractions and allowed Jason Garrett to put together a coaching staff that truly fits his vision.
Now introducing: “The Dream Team” coaching staff.
Jerry Jones promised big changes and he delivered on that vow. Jones began his moves by hiring Monte Kiffin, the innovator of the Tampa 2 scheme.
Monte Kiffin is a big name coach who has had incredible success in this league. In his 13 years as the defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s had a top 10 defense all but one of those years.
Marinelli is a decorated defensive line coach who has developed young lineman like Henry Melton into stars. Marinelli is also a student of the Tampa 2 defense and will help the Cowboys defensive line perform a seamless transition from the 3-4 scheme.
The acquisition of Kiffin and Marinelli are bold moves. However, they are not moves that scream big change is on the horizon.
In fact, it’s the exact opposite.
I find it hard to believe that great assistant coaches like Kiffin and Marinelli have been lured into Dallas knowing that there is a legitimate chance that they will be unemployed in 2014.
What I do believe is that Jerry Jones may be buying into what Garrett has going in Dallas. He may not believe in Garrett the offensive coordinator, but he does see something with Garrett the head coach.
Jones is surrounding Garrett with all the tools in the world to be successful. This staff isn’t built for 2013, but for the long and foreseeable future.
Until otherwise notified, you should consider Jason Garret the Tom Landry of this Dallas Cowboys era.
Like it or not, it’s the right call for an ailing franchise that is seeking continuity and a winning direction.