Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has never been one to be patient while his team flounders in mediocrity. Although he’s stuck by head coach Jason Garrett longer than most of his hires, his patience must be wearing thin, and if the Cowboys squander yet another chance to make the playoffs, Garrett’s job status will suddenly be in question.
Since taking over as the team’s head coach in 2010, Jason Garrett has failed to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a winning record. Following the Wade Phillips era, Garrett was able to lead the Cowboys to a 5-3 record in the second half of the 2010 season after Dallas started just 1-7. Since his strong start, Garrett has led the Cowboys to back-to-back 8-8 seasons, and at 7-7, he has his team on track for a third straight .500 season.
In the Cowboys’ most recent loss, a 37-36 collapse in which Tony Romo once again failed to perform in the clutch, Jason Garrett pulled no punches in pointing out that Tony Romo made a bad decision throwing the ball when the Cowboys were trying to eat the clock.
“Tony threw a pass on what we call a smoke -- or a flash -- that we have accompanying runs if he gets a bad look. That's what happened on the interception. It was a run call that he threw the ball on.”
That pass, of course, set the Packers up to pull off the final portion of the comeback, leading to more questions about the job status of Jason Garrett.
It’s fair to question Tony Romo’s ability to pull out wins in the clutch. After all, we’ve seen him throw games away time after time, but in this case, Tony Romo’s inability to win big games wasn’t the biggest problem. Sure, he collapsed at the worst possible time for the Cowboys, but it was Jason Garrett’s continued inability to manage the clock that ultimately doomed the Cowboys.
According to ESPN, the Cowboys dropped back to pass on all but one of 15 plays between the 1:04 mark in the third quarter and the 2:58 mark in the fourth quarter, a time period in which the Cowboys led by no less than five points. In shorter terms, the Cowboys were passing when they should have been running the ball.
This is nothing new to Cowboys fans, and it’s the biggest reason Jason Garrett hasn’t experienced success as a head coach in the NFL. His clock management is terrible. There’s a time to pass the ball, but it’s not with a huge lead, especially when that lead was built with a robust running attack. Why would you ever pass the ball when the opponent can’t stop the run?
Will Jason Garrett be fired at season’s end? That’s not a simple question. If Dallas is able to make their way into the playoffs, Garrett will likely stay on board for an extra season, but if the Eagles are able to hang onto the division lead, it’s hard to imagine Jerry Jones constructing an argument for keeping Garrett.
If, however, the question becomes, should the Cowboys fire Jason Garrett? The answer is far simpler. Yes. Since taking over in 2010, the Cowboys have been chronic underachievers, and Garrett has been able to sabotage the Cowboys from the sidelines. He may be a more-than-capable play caller, but he’s not a natural leader, and results such as Sunday’s loss to the Packers are the evidence.
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LOSERS and always will be with JG and Romo on this team, imagine all the players the Cowboys could sign for Romo Contract, JJ sure is sinking the Dallas Cowboys Reputation and Legacy because he is a cheap when it come to hiring a Head Coach!!!
Jerry Jones need to fire Jerry Jones. He is deceiving himself if he think he is doing a good job. Cowboys fans need to stop going to AT&T stadium until Jerry face reality and relinquish his duties as a general manager.
Oh, and for the Record, I did here that P.T. Barnum Jones was strongly considering "Quincy Carter" as a possible coaching candidate should his egotistical mind find it fit to pull the cord on Opie and the gang!!! He figures it worked out well enough once, it's gotta be just as successful, if not more, the next time around,,, Right?!?!? I mean at least Carter was a starter!!! Where's Gary Hogeboom when You need him?!?!?!
You hit it Bulls-eye dead on cbaker69, the Quarterback is suppose to be a "Leader" and OH-No just ain't got it! Aikman had it, Stauback had it, hell even Don Meredith had it! But this clown has proven time and time again that he just doesn't have it. Sure, his "personal" stats look very good and rank among the best in the NFL!, but the last time I checked football is a Team Sport, and individual stats, (though obviously tracked and demonstrate some means of the caliber of player filling a position) should go out the window and be trumped by the stats and accomplishments of the entire team! And this is especially true for the quarterback position (as the identified leader or commonly referred to as the "Field General") and never more so than the Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. But a New Quarterback in this dysfunctional system the Cowboys currently have in place won't work either. The bottom line of which ALL Cowboys Fans Know is: The General Manager Needs to be fired! And since that ain't going to apparently happen, then the existing Head Coach MUST be Fired and a well versed head coach having full control over football operations needs to be brought in to right the ship the way they see fit!. And Since that's a questionable scenario to start (Opie's job status is "unclear") and highly unlikely at the finish (no respectable and proven head coach would come to the Dallas Cowboys and become yet another puppet to the master) at this juncture, then we better continue accepting 8 & 8 records for the next several years.
Jones says "he writes the checks", "he evaluates the players" and it's "the easier way to do it" (to be 8 & 8 that is certainly true), that's why he's the GM. Well Cowboys Fans, I can certainly use that advise and method of management myself as a Dallas Cowboys Fan, and maybe even tweak it a bit and perhaps add a bit more success to the mad scientists formula of winning here (Thank You P.T. Barnum). Now, let's see if I got this straight?: "I write the checks" (right?). ok.... "I evaluate the General Managers, (that's correct too right?),, and "it's OBVIOUSLY Easy for me to see whether the individual is worth the money their asking" or not. Yep, I think I got it! That was actually pretty Easy!!!!! Never thought I'd ever really say this, but, Those are the smartest words that have tumbled out of that carney mouth of Al Dav,, (oops, I mean Jeruh P.T. Barnum Jones) and the best advise that one could give to a Cowboys fan!!!
Jason Garrett is not he first person that needs to go their are several in front of him...staring with Tony Romo. I have been a cowboys fan since before I can remember. The team has given him more than enough time to prove he is a Starting NFL QB. And every time something happens. You can blame the offense or the defense but the QB is the leader of the team. The team follows him. It was the offense or the defense calling the plays or throwing the ball when the running game was working. Tim Tebow is available why doesn't Jerry Jones give him a try we cant be any worse than we are know. He actually got the Broncos to the play offs. Like I said Tony is defiantly at the top of the list to be replaced in my opinion.