We all have heard the talk all week about what is wrong with the Cowboys and what will happen if they lose this weekend to the Houston Texans. There really isn't a debate about what is wrong, just a debate who is to blame. The offense is to blame and the offensive coordinator and owner are to blame.
Let's start with Jerry Jones first. While the stats may not prove it, Jerry Jones is one of the worst owners in the league, perhaps the worst, worse than Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis. While Al Davis, is notorious for drafting (Sebastian Janakowski- 1st round kicker, Jamarcus Russel- 1st overall, Darius Heyward-Bey, 1st WR in 2009) and signing overrated players and trading stud players for underrated value (Randy Moss), Jerry Jones hasn't had a bad roster throughout the years. Jerry Jones, however, has eaten his foot several times as an owner. Al Davis had a public squabble with young coach Lane Kiffin, but Jerry Jones has been known to discredit some rather big figures in NFL football. Jerry Jones hired Jimmy Johnson in his first year as owner and Jimmy Johnson turned the organization into a dynasty. However, Jerry Jones forced Jimmy Johnson to leave the Cowboys after two consecutive super bowls and was even quoted as saying Johnson didn't deserve the credit for what he did. The replacement coach, Barry Switzer, won a super bowl, and according to many Cowboys players at the time, was in spite of Switzer. It was pretty obvious to many that the talent spoke more than the coach who looked to be a figurine on the sidelines.
With Switzer and no guidance, the Cowboys quickly fell to the bottom of the league and after many experiments at head coach, owner Jerry Jones finally went with an experienced head coach and legend Bill Parcells. Parcells built the Cowboys into a winner quickly even with the restraints of his owner. The talent on the current Cowboys team can largely be contributed to Bill Parcells. However, owner Jerry Jones felt it was time to move on past Parcells, and made a very strange hiring. With no head coach, Jones hired Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator. Jones then hired Wade Phillips to run his team.
The Cowboys continued success, but after a 13-3 season, they failed to win a home playoff game against the eventual Super Bowl champions New York Giants. In reality, the Cowboys success was in huge part to the player Bill Parcells brought on board. However, owner Jerry Jones was caught talking smack about a NFL legend Bill Parcells. Meanwhile, the huge failure of the Cowboys has been the Jerry Jones personal hiring of offensive coordinator, whose offense has been more offensive in a deragatory manner than as a NFL offense, Jason Garrett.
In my opinion, Jason Garrett is the worst offensive coordinator I have ever seen in the NFL. I've seen better offensive coordinators in college. He's the second guy to blame in the Cowboys failure so far. The reason he isn't the first guy to blame, is because he isn't the guy who hired him. It's been pretty obvious Garrett isn't ready for the NFL as an offensive coordinator. Yet, Jerry Jones has talked bad behind the backs of NFL legends, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells, two guys who built his failing team for him. Jerry Jones disgusts me as an owner and is arguably worst than Al Davis. If not, he's easily the second worst NFL owner in the league.
There are many stats that can help the incompetent offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, but he refuses to use hboys were ais eyes. Going back to last year, the Cowboys were a falling team on verge of not making the playoffs. They knock off the undefeated New Orleans Saints, eventual Super Bowl Champions, by establishing the run. They continued to run the ball into the playoffs. The Cowboys are undefeated, 6-0, when RB Marion Barber has more than 20 carries. Yes, he's injury prone, but when healthy, he is a grinder and one of the best in the league. The man can't get hurt if he doesn't get the ball which Jason Garrett is good at doing...abandoning the run quickly. The Cowboys have a losing record when QB Tony Romo throws the ball more than 35 times. 4-10 since 2007 season.
One of the most embarrassing things to hear as a fan is when an opposing player talks smack. Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis said that the Cowboys offense was the easiest offense he has ever game planned against. As much as I want to hate on Ray Lewis, he's absolutely right. Who knows how good the Cowboys would be with a legitimate offensive coordinator. How good could Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant, Austin Miles , and others on offense be if they didn't have a debilitating virus called a horrible offensive coordinator? The Cowboys will never see a Super Bowl or even a NFC Championship game as long as Jason Garrett is offensive coordinator. It's sad, but true.