Dallas Cowboys: Awful Defense Under Jason Garrett Could Cost Him Full-Time Job

Derek MajorCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Interim head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys during a game against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys improved to 4-2 in their first six games with Jason Garrett with their win against the Redskins yesterday. With that win, the Cowboys have guaranteed that Garrett will finish this season with at least a .500 record. 

The offense for Garrett has been fantastic. With Jon Kitna running the show, the Cowboys have scored at least 30 points in every game that Garrett has coached. They've also had 100 yards rushing in every game since Garrett has taken over. 

I could go on and on about how well the offense is doing, because it's playing better than it has all season. However, casting a black cloud over the the offense is the Cowboys' atrocious defense. 

The Cowboys defense has given up at least 19 points (at least 20 if you don't count the lowly Lions) and failed to make crucial stops at the end of games against New Orleans and Philadelphia

Last year the Cowboys were more of a preventative defense, that didn't allow of lot of points or rushing yards but didn't create turnovers. While this defense worked, the Cowboys were criticized for not getting turnovers like the best defenses in the league and it was made a point of emphasis during training camp. 

With Garrett and Pasqualoni calling the plays, the Cowboys are getting more sacks and turnovers than they were at the beginning of the season, but are giving up a lot more yards, especially in the air. 

In their last four games the Cowboys have give up an average of 327.2 yards passing per game. In those four games they registered nine sacks (although zero against the Colts and five against the 'Skins) and nine interceptions. 

This could be a problem for Garrett because while the Cowboys are getting wins, they've lost to two potential playoff teams (and their win against the Giants is looking less credible). Also, the Cowboys came into this season with questions concerning their offense; analysts had no concerns because although they didn't get many interceptions, they got a ton of sacks and prevented teams form scoring TDs, especially in the red zone. 

That hasn't been the case at all this season, and while Paul Pasqualoni is running the defense instead of Garrett, he could still be blamed for the defense being as porous as it is. A head coach is supposed to be able to get the best out of both sides of the ball, and he isn't doing that right now. 

What's even worse is that Garrett admitted when he was given the interim job that he had to meet with the defense because he didn't know most of them. If you're a coordinator, you should know who is on the team, whether they play on your side of the ball or not. The fact that he had to meet with the defense shows that while he wants to know his team better, he didn't exactly know them in the first place. 

Garrett has done everything that had been asked of him since being handed the Dallas Cowboys, but if Jerry Jones knows he can get a two way coach that has a reputation for success, it could be Garrett's inability to get the defense to play as well as the offense that will prevent him from getting the interim tag taken off his occupation status.