The Dallas Cowboys, a team that began the season with championship aspirations, have had as disappointing a season as any team in recent memory. Their 1-7 record, injured quarterback, and general ineptitude on defense have cost Wade Phillips his job and Jason Garrett has taken over the head coaching duties.
This team has basically quit in the last few games. They are our of playoff contention and have been crushed in their last three outings (the score of the Giants game is deceiving).
Interim coach Jason Garrett won't be able to right the ship.
Lack of Leadership
Part of the problem for the Cowboys over the last couple of years has been the lack of leadership in the locker room. The team's implosion two years ago demonstrated not only Wade's lack of control of the team, but was indicative of a general lack of team cohesion.
No Cowboy player has emerged as a clear emotional leader for this team. Neither the defense or offense has a vocal leader or player to rally around. Romo has never been a particularly emotional leader, and his injury further limits his ability to rally the team. On defense, Keith Brooking is perhaps the most likely candidate, however, he is admittedly a Phillips guy and isn't in a position to be a leader.
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Part of the offensive and defensive woes have nothing to do with scheme, but personnel. On defense, the Cowboys failed to retool their secondary and have been shredded. They are currently ranked last in the league in redzone defense. Their linebacking corps is rapidly aging; both Brooking and Bradie James are stable but getting older.
On offense, the Cowboys have some of the best skill position players in the league, but their offensive line difficulties are well documented. Every starting lineman, except Doug Free, is over 30 years of age and rapidly slowing down.
Kosier and Columbo have been injury prone of late, and they aren't able to create holes in the running game or pick up pass rushers. Unless Garrett has a fountain of youth, he won't be able to correct that problem.
The Cowboys have a brutal upcoming schedule. They still have to play the Colts, Saints, Giants, and the Eagles twice. All of these teams are prolific in the air and will shred the Cowboy secondary.
Set up to fail
Jerry Jones has already made it clear that Super Bowl winning coaches have inquired about the job. Jones has hired big name coaches in the past (Bill Parcells) and will likely be looking to bring in a big name. It remains to be seen if any coach big name coach will want to agree to serve as coach with Jones as the GM, but Jerry will certainly try.
Lack of Success as an Offensive Coordinator
A few years ago, Jason Garret was hailed as an offensive guru and the future of the Cowboys. Fast forward a few years and the fan base has lost the faith. Garrett's offense has not been balanced, they have suffered from penalties, and have struggled to finish drives. Their ineptitude in the red zone is well documented.
Though his offensive have been pretty good, they haven't been good enough to secure him a permanent position as the Cowboy head coach.
The deck is stacked against Jason Garrett, and he won't be able to reel off enough wins to remain as head coach.