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Garrett move good for everyone

Posted on: November 8, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 4:01 pm

Dallas owner Jerry Jones made two necessary and critical moves Monday for the future of the franchise. First he fired coach Wade Phillips after the Cowboys were embarrassed on national television. Then, he replaced him with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and hallelujah. It's about time.

By making the move on Garrett now, Jones gets a half-a-season to see if Garrett is -- or could be -- the head coach people thought a few years ago when he was the oh-so-attractive candidate who turned his back on the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons to stay in Dallas. The attraction of the Cowboys, of course, was that he could stay in place and be groomed to succeed Phillips when that move needed to be made.

Monday was that day, and let the games begin. By elevating Garrett, Jones finds out immediately if what he and others believed about Garrett two years ago is as true today as it was then. There is no more waiting or guessing or speculation about what he might offer. What you see is what you're going to get. All I know is that Garrett was on a lot of team's short lists, and everyone can't be wrong, can they? We're about to find out, with Garrett given a half-a-season to prove he belongs. .

OK, so he hasn't exactly covered himself in glory as the team's offensive coordinator. So what? There were a lot of things wrong with the Cowboys, and maybe Garrett is better suited for the head job. All I know is that with Monday's move the Cowboys get to take Garrett out for a test drive that will last into January. If they like what they see, they keep him. If they don't, they move on and hire someone from the outside.

It's as simple as that.

While the Cowboys' 1-7 start is as surprising as it is dreadful, it allows Jones the opportunity to put a plan into motion that he started thinking about years ago. For the first time he can see how his team responds to Garrett without having to worry about jockeying for playoff position or dreaming of a Super Bowl. In essence, it's the perfect on-the-job training, with Garrett coaching a club going nowhere. With the playoffs a virutal impossibility, Garrett can coach with the freedom he might not have had he inherited this team, say, this year or last.

But that doesn't mean the pressure is off. In Dallas there is always pressure to win, even though this club is DOA -- and the pressure for Garrett is to nail down the job he covets. Essentially, what he must do is make a case for himself by instilling the discipline, order and sense of urgency in this team that was missing the last two weeks. In short, he must make it difficult -- if not impossible -- for Jerry Jones to look beyond him for his next full-time head coach.

To me, it's a winning situation all the way around. Garrett gets the chance to prove he's head-coaching material, and Jones gets the chance to see what he has in an assistant he once thought was perfect for the job. It's the perfect situation for an imperfect ballclub. 

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:42 pm

Garrett move good for everyone

Jimmy Johnson is gone, he isnt commin back, But, what Jones needs to do is put his control crap aside for the best of the team and get a hard core Football coach, that will make the guys ACCOUNTABLE for missing tackles and NOT making stupid penalties.  There is alot of talent on this team, more than many other teams, they need direction and focus. They need a REAL coach. And that wasnt Phillips, nor is it Garrett.  Who he needed to get he missed,...Shannahan, no shit, accountability, thats what we need.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:29 pm

Garrett move good for everyone

Not a chance...

What ya'll are forgetting is that Jimmy and Jerry were successful in a day without free agency... I don;t think the two of them could pul li toff again and you also forgot that Jimmy left on bad terms.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:25 am

Garrett move good for everyone

I hate to say it, but we are in trouble. This midseason thing is just what Jerry did so he can justify keeping another of his puppets. Garrett will probably win a couple of games and we will lose our top 3 draft pick which is all we are going to get ou tof this season. Jerry will bring in the Giants DC for an interview to satisfy the Rooney rule. He will bring in Cowher or Gruden. He will bring in at least one big name college coach. Then he will hire Garrett saying the he showed what he could do by getting the guys to win after they had given up last season. The real reason will be because Fewell, Cowher and Gruden wont put up with Jerry's crap and will want more control. The only way we are ever going to be relevant again is if Jerry sells the team, and that will never happen.

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:06 am

Garrett move good for everyone

I hope things don't change as much as it pains me to watch Dallas lose every week, I hope the players don't "rally" around Garrett just to prove a point and then we get stuck with him for the next how many years for more lousy football. We need a real coach and if Garrett can't even adapt his play calling from one half to the next our offence will continue to be uneffective.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:33 am

Garrett move good for everyone

Old Dog 86,.. I am a Cowboys fan and I agree with your statement 100%, Ive Never been a fan of either Philips OR Garrett, and I especially Dont Like Garretts play calling at all...... he dosent seem to change his schemes or make in game adjustments AT ALL.  Id REALLY like to to see them just clean house with the coaching staff and bring in a REAL COACH aka.. Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells.. and Jerry keep AWAY from the coaching staff and Stop Hiring puppets so you can try to coach from behind the scenes.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:29 am

Garrett move good for everyone

I highly doubt Jim Harbaugh would take the Dallas head coaching job.  I personally think he'd rather go back to Michigan and fix his alma mater before taking a shot in the NFL.  He is a very good offensive coach though and surely could motivate the players.  Jason Garrett was elevated to interim head coach.  He is not the permanent solution, just something to change the outlook of the team.  Now if he inspires the Cowboys to play, he may have that tag removed and take over as the head coach.  Most likely though the whole coaching staff will be dismissed as soon as the season ends.  As for the next head coach of the Cowboys, I would look to a strong personality like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher.  If you look at the history of the Cowboys, every time Jerry Jones fires one of his puppets, he brings in a strong willed coach.  I think Cowher is going to take the Carolina job after the season is over to stay close to his family, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Gruden as the next coach of the 'Boys.  Of course, by the time Gruden got things turned around, Jones would fire him and bring in a lacky boy so he could claim all the glory.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:20 am

Garrett move good for everyone

Jason Garret has a long way to go to prove he will be a good coach. His offensive play calling is just that, offensive. He doesn't utilize the talent that is available to him. The offense uses a system that is too simple, most high school football teams use a more complex system, so it is very unlikely things will change.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:33 am

Garrett move good for everyone

The move ain't too good for Phillips now is it? Anyway maybe this will turn out like many others that were mediocre players, went on to be good coaches. Although you will be hard pressed to find better offensive linemen or defensive backs at this point in the season.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:42 am

Garrett move good for everyone

I think some people have to realize that Jerry Jones promoting Jason Garrett isn't the long term solution. Unless he gets this team to play with some heart and win a couple of games, we may have of found our long term solution. Someone has to fill the head coaching duties with Phillips being fired and with Garrett being the assistant head coach, its obvious he's going to get it. I think Jones just wants to get through the season and with Sunday's embarrassment, its obvious these players don't play for Wade Phillips. Will they play for Jason Garrett? Who knows. I doubt it, but we just have to lay back and see. Judging by his press conference, Jason Garrett is a outspoken guy and demands respect. I know the respect thing is a little over the top, but hey... a guy can dream. He's not going to be a father figure for the players like Wade was. He just wants to win and prove to everyone that he can be the long term solution for the Cowboys. If you think about it, his job is on the line in the 2nd half of the season. Plain and simple. 

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:03 am

Garrett move good for everyone

what the Hell would you know about being a governor or a president? stick to something you can carry on a conversation about and leave the hard stuff to people who earn the right to mouth off! If your talking football fine, but leave the political scene to those who have the cards to play. Cowboys are a ''BAD'' team and ''TCU'' would be a better representative in the NFL. I do not like Garrett and would prefer a Mike Singletary type but Jerry would sooner sell the team than share authority! I went through a 1-15 season and worked for the cowboy broadcast crew when we played in the Cotton bowl and had 25 nobodies out there..then the Taxans came along and won the AFC championship in the cotton bowl in front of a lousy Cowboys team..thats were it started and now it's worse but just like Aikiman's 1-15 team, there is always hope!.........Vegashyroler  &n
bsp;      "KEEP THE FAITH

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