Was the decision to appoint the inexperienced Jason Garrett as the Head Coach any different than many of Jones’ other decisions? I think not. I can already see his stamp on this team and I don’t like what I see. The fans are losing patience real fast. Jerry says he has faith in Jason Garrett and that he made a mistake in the past by firing Chan Gailey after only 2 years. That’s like comparing apples to oranges because Gailey took the Cowboys to the playoffs both of those years. Jason Garrett is batting below 500. The Dallas Cowboys appear to be getting worse rather than better. Once again, enough said!
In spite of all this, what really put me in to bitch mode, was Jason Garretts’ way of handling Jimmy Johnson busting him out. What did he do? He threw his franchise quarterback (Tony Romo) under the bus by saying to the Philadelphia media, that ultimately Romo is responsible for all of the turnovers because he throws the ball. Really? I mean really? This is where I have to choose my adjectives very carefully. If I said things the way I really want to, I would never get published.
First of all, let me go back to what Jerry said about Jason Garrett having the same input on personnel that Johnson had. If that’s the case, then what kind of success did the Garrett/Jones tandem have in putting together the Cowboys offensive line? Every expert in the country says the line is the biggest weakness on the team. Most grade them anywhere between an F and a D. Does anyone remember the offensive line that was assembled under Jimmy Johnson? Kevin Gogan, Nate Newton, Mark Stepnoski, Marc Tuinei, and Erik Williams.(arguably every one of them is a hall of fame player). If this current make shift line is any indication of Garretts’ stamp on this team, he needs to be fired yesterday. The most important job of any head coach and/or general manager is protecting their franchise quarterback. Their results? “EPIC FAIL”.
Everyone wants to praise the triplets. Yes, they were good players, but the secret to their success was the guys up front protecting Troy Aikman and making holes for Emmitt Smith to run through. How many playoff games did Aikman win after that offensive line was disassembled? “ZERO”.
When Jimmy Johnson was asked about Romos’ numbers (in a phone interview that was posted on NFL.com) compared to Aikmans and his chances of winning a Super Bowl he said,
“What most people don’t realize, we had the youngest team in the league and we led the league in defense those super bowl years. Those defensive players were being number one in the NFL and yet we don’t have a single player in the hall of fame. Ya know, Charles Haley deserves to be in the hall of fame. It was a total team and so a, It wasn’t just Troy Aikman and his statistics and his numbers, we were very balanced on offense and we ran the ball a lot with Emmitt just simply because it helped our defense and it helped us control the game. Now Troy Aikman could have put up huge numbers if we would have allowed him to. But, if he would have been putting up huge numbers, then we would have been turning the ball over more, we wouldn’t have played as good of defense, and so we had a “TEAM” and that’s why we were able to win super bowls because we had a “total team”, not because of statistics.”
I think Jimmy Johnson has summed up what I have been preaching for a very long time. Football is a “TEAM” sport. Obviously Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are failing at providing the supporting cast that would allow Tony Romo to win a Super Bowl. As he also said, there is no fear in Dallas because everyone is buddies. Johnson also explained that the Head Coach is supposed to carry the hammer, but that Jason Garrett is too soft to lay down the hammer. Kevin Ogletree can continue to run routes wrong and drop crucial 3rd down passes because he knows Jason Garrett runs on a buddy system and he isn’t going to bench him and give Cole Beasley a shot.
What spites me about that is Beasley has only been targeted 4 times during the regular season. Twice in the 4th quarter of the Chicago game, both resulted in catches. Twice in the Atlanta game. The first time, out of all the receivers on the field, they chose to double him (why do you think that is?) and Tony was forced to throw it out of the corner of the endzone. The second was on a crucial 3rd down play while in double coverage again, Beasley made the catch. The replay clearly showed that he had enough for the 1st down. Had Jason Garrett been acting like a head coach and managing the game properly instead of having his face buried in his play card, he would have challenged the spot resulting in a much needed Cowboys first down. If Beasley has shown anything it’s consistency. He is 100% on catchable balls! Why does Jason Garrett continue to stall his progress? The same can’t be said about Kevin Ogletree consistency.
I can go on and on about how Jason Garrett is not only not qualified for this job, but he is having an ill affect on the team. You can draw your own conclusions, but this fan, as well as many others, has run out of patience. The icing on the cake was blaming his franchise quarterback for his inability to,
- Protect him with good blocking or scheme the offense so he can get rid of the ball quicker.
- Provide him with a decent running game to take some of the pressure off of him.
- Provide him with receivers he can trust.
- Call the right plays at the right time in games.
- Manage the game properly.
- Make mid game adjustments to counter what oppenents are doing.
- Manage the clock properly.
- Hold players accountable for their actions.
- Command some discipline to cut down on all of the penalties.
- Prove there is really competition at every position. (if there was, he would let others play)
- Lose this foolish concept that a team only has 3 WR’s and win by committee scheming the offense to utilize the strengths of all the receivers. (It keeps defenses guessing and you always have a fresh receiver on the field against an ever tiring DB.)
Jason Garrett repeatedly says that they didn’t execute, the other team made the big plays. I prefer what Johnson said, it’s not the teams that make the big plays that win, it’s the teams that make the fewest amount of bad plays that win. The Dallas Cowboys make too many bad plays.
At the end of the day, this fan agrees 100% with Jimmy Johnson. “The Dallas Cowboys have turned in to a country club”. It all starts with the Head Coach and if he is too soft to do the job, then the Dallas Cowboys need to get someone who isn’t. A Head Coach has to be the bad guy. As I said before, “Nice Coaches Finish Last In The NFL”.
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