Dallas Cowboys Offense Will Have To Save Jason Garrett’s Job

Head coach Jason Garrett. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Head coach Jason Garrett. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys could have the best offense in the NFL next season, and that might need to be the case if Jason Garrett is to remain as head coach.

If we think back all the way to January of 2007, the arrival of Jason Garrett as a young and completely unproven offensive coordinator was a bit of a surprise. Garrett’s name was well-known amongst the Dallas Cowboys fanbase. The only difference then was that he’d be standing on the sideline without pads on, but we knew what he looked like with a headset on.

I’ll assume you know the journey of Jason Garrett from that point on.

Here we arrive at a point in which Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has finally decided that it’s really time to win a Super Bowl with Garrett or give somebody else a shot.

Ironic is the fact that it’ll be the offensive side of the football that determines the fate of the ninth-year head coach.

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Once again the offense will protect the defense with field position and frequent advantages in time of possession – this much we know.

But if the Dallas Cowboys are going to give Jones a reason to extend Garrett again, as they did following that out-of-nowhere 12-4 finish in 2014, there’s going to have to be something more.

It’s a bit surprising that after other offensive coaches like Scott Linehan and Bill Callahan have come and gone, Garrett still hasn’t taken over the playcalling responsibilities that he was originally brought in to handle. That ship sailed long ago, but now it’s another career backup quarterback stepping into the OC limelight in Kellen Moore.

As questionable as it may seem, this formula could work.

Garrett’s success in 2007 came, in part, because there was no tape on him or his tendancies. The Dallas Cowboys were a good team that year, but I think this year’s roster, at least right now, could very well be better.

There will be no tape on Moore and he’ll have a wide array of weapons to play with both in the backfield and in a passing game that should get off to a much faster start than it did last year. Frankly, this group of wide receivers look scary good and the combination of Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin working underneath routes could completely change those passing yards some don’t think Dak Prescott can generate.

Cobb and Austin aren’t even the top two pass-catchers.

The Amari Cooper trade and late-season emergence of Michael Gallup last year give the Dallas Cowboys weapons that nobody will be able to completely shut down. If I’m the entire NFC East, I’m hoping that somehow that offensive line in Dallas has some injuries or adversity that helps level a playing field that’s going to be a tough deal to manage for defenses in New York, Washington and Phialdelphia.

But isn’t that how it should be?

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Shy of reaching the NFC Championship next season, I can’t see Garrett still in the plans for 2020. You live by the sword and you die by the sword. For Jason Garrett, the irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife and I won’t say which way I’m leaning. I just know the Dallas Cowboys probably have the best chance to win a championship this year that they’ve had since Garrett’s rookie coaching year of 2007 in Dallas.

  • Published on 05/13/2019 at 11:01 AM
  • Last updated at 05/13/2019 at 11:08 AM