Many in the media assume Dallas Cowboy’s Head Coach, Jason Garrett, is on the “Hot Seat” this season. And why shouldn’t he be? In his 3.5 seasons as head coach he stands only 2 games above .500. Considering the talent this team has enjoyed in recent years, 29-27 just isn’t going to cut it. Especially on a franchise as impatient as the Dallas Cowboys.
The x-factor in this situation is Jerry’s fondness for his Red Jesus. Jerry just seems to like Garrett more than any of his previous head coaches. The primary reason for the love (and patience) is simple -because Jerry can claim credit at developing Jason Garrett at every stage of his career.
Think about it. Garrett was a back-up QB in Dallas as a player. Garrett was an assistant coach in Dallas. Garrett was an Offensive Coordinator in Dallas. Now Garrett is a Head Coach in Dallas.
All of these stages in Garrett’s development fell under the leadership of Jerry Jones. It’s because of that, Jerry has such an interest in Jason Garrett’s success. On top of it, Jerry (and Stephen) genuinely like Jason Garrett. They like his message, his coaching style, and his mind. It will take a lot to make them turn their back on their favorite head coach.
Consider also, outside coaches aren’t exactly lining up to coach the Cowboys. Players may consider Dallas a top NFL location, but the coaching community sure doesn’t. Jerry knows Bill Parcells was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He’s not expecting a coach of his caliber to walk through the doors anytime soon.
So, without other viable options Garrett gains a little more job security.
I’m not ready to give my 2014 Season Predictions yet, but I think there is a realistic chance the Cowboys finish at the bottom of the division this year. If the Cowboys finish at 6-10, and in last place in the NFC East, will Jerry Jones fire Jason Garrett?
I’m not so sure.
The defense will dictate what kind of record the Cowboys end with, but Garrett’s job security is tied to the offense. If Garrett has a top-5 offense he may just save his job – even with only a 5 or 6 win season.
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