Dallas Cowboys News: Jerry Jones Affirms Confidence in Head Coach Jason Garrett
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has always firmly stood by all of his decisions, and he recently reasserted his faith in current head coach Jason Garrett.
The picture that Jones painted for Dallas Morning News reporter John Machota suggested that Garrett was the one pulling the strings in the Cowboys' busy offseason to date:
'I saw things in our head coach that really give me a lot of promise for not only 2013 but for years to come,' Jones said. 'I’m excited about Jason Garrett.'
In regards to the several coaching staff moves, Jones wanted to make sure everyone understood that Garrett 'made those changes.'
Jones rescinding control of coaching staff decisions displays the immense confidence he has in Garrett to make the right call. One of the bold hires he made was defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, whose Tampa 2 scheme is far different from the attacking 3-4 deployed by Rex Ryan this past season.
It doesn't seem as though the Cowboys have the personnel as of now to pull that transition off smoothly, and Kiffin's most recent defense at the University of Southern California was a disappointment.
But the philosophical shift shows that Garrett isn't afraid to make the necessary changes for the Cowboys to be successful. He let go of almost the entire staff he began his tenure with just two years ago.
Will Jason Garrett's changes to the coaching staff result in a Cowboys playoff berth in 2013?
Dallas has failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and finished a mediocre 2012 campaign at 8-8 after failing to capture the NFC East title in a Week 17 loss to the rival Washington Redskins.
Garrett is reportedly set to hire running back coach Gary Brown, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins.
It is a subtle but smart hire, which should get the Cowboys to have an increased reliance on the rushing attack. Due to injury and inconsistency, Dallas ranked 31st in the league this past season, averaging 79.1 yards per game.
As Watkins points out, Brown's most recent stint was with the Cleveland Browns. Brown coached up Peyton Hillis and current Cowboys FB Lawrence Vickers when Hillis ran for over 1177 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hillis graced the Madden video game cover for his performance.
Vickers hasn't been very heavily utilized due to the presence of playmakers Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten. Under the influence of Brown, Dallas should run the ball more effectively.
These moves indicate a big change in the dynamic of the Cowboys' organization, which always seems to have a dramatic storyline surrounding it. But Jones' ringing public endorsement of Garrett for 2013 and beyond signals that more stability should be in order for Dallas.
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