Is Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett The White Marvin Lewis?

With just two playoff appearances in nine seasons, I’d say no.

If the Dallas Cowboys are serious about winning a Super Bowl any time in the near future, then Jason Garrett may not be the guy to lead them to the promised land.

It’s time for owner Jerry Jones to finally do the right thing for a franchise he claims to love so dearly. A franchise that was once considered America’s Team, but has long since lost that high status and now even their most loyal fan base has accepted the mediocrity. They still carry the false bravado that trickles down from the top, but following a devastating 28-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, it’s obvious that huge changes need to occur before the whole thing implodes.

Garrett has been at the helm for nine years and has been the losing coach in some of the most debilitating defeats in franchise history. He’s only had three seasons of winning more than 8 games and in 2014 and 2016 Dallas had big-time, highly-hyped Super Bowl contending squads and couldn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs. One playoff win in nine years is as unimpressive as it gets, even for a coach that has the job security of a divine right monarchy.

People continuously berate the winning record of Cincinnati Bengals HC Marvin Lewis because he hasn’t won a playoff game, but Lewis has been to the playoffs seven times in 15 seasons. This year will probably make 8. He’s also had six double-digit win seasons. We jokingly call him Teflon because so many have come for his head, but he always seems to end up with his job and collecting more career wins along the way.

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Both coaches have their flaws, but Garrett’s career is no better than Lewis.’ In fact, it’s worse because he coaches in Dallas under Jerry Jones who is not afraid to open up his wallet to acquire big-time players.

The test of a great coach is how he responds to adversity. After winning 13 games in Dak and Zeke’s rookie season in 2016, Dallas fell to 9-7 last year, with Elliott missing six games due to a suspension. This season was supposed to be a huge year for Dallas, Zeke, and Dak, playing in a weak NFC East. Instead, the squad had a nasty split with longtime Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant and have stumbled to a 3-5 record this season. The offense and play calling is worse.

Lewis, on the other hand, has rebounded from a 7-9 season and an “eminent” firing. The veteran has his Bengals team at 5-3, a couple of percentage points behind first-place Pittsburgh (5-2-1) in the AFC North.

So if we are tossing head coaches under the bus, Garrett takes priority in my opinion.

Jerry Jones has been living off the spoils and reputation of the Jimmy Johnson Era. Garrett has been his boy wonder, serving as Dallas’ offensive coordinator for four seasons, before being named head coach in 2010.

Jones has always been enamored with the fact that Garrett attended Ivy League jewel Princeton and had an improbable rise to pro QB, serving as a backup in Dallas for his entire 8-year career. Garrett is engrained in the Cowboys culture. Jones has always viewed Garrett as the perfect face of a franchise and is undoubtedly wowed by his intellect. The ideal head coach for a team that walks with a royal heir that they often fail to match when it comes to the business of football. They totally dropped the ball when siding with Trump on the player protests, and being used as a pawn in his game of divide and conquer.

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There is something to be said about continuity in both Lewis and Garrett’s cases. The owners are comfortable with them and the stability of having them at the top means that the organization can rebound from low points much easier because they have the same calming voice there to lead the troops each season.

Unfortunately, this Dallas Cowboys recipe isn’t working. It didn’t work when Tony Romo was there being a brave soldier, but failing to get to a Super Bowl. Garrett hitched his ship to Dak Prescott and handed the franchise to the young QB. We all knew Prescott was a game manager but Garrett had us believe that his passing acumen would progress much quicker. After all, Garrett built his reputation on being a quarterback guru, but the magic isn’t working as Prescott is 24th out of 32 starting quarterbacks in QBR rating at 49.9.

Despite rumblings from Dallas fans and even the press that it might be time for Jones to start contemplating a change, Dallas’ owner isn’t even considering it. Garrett is like a son to him. That relationship runs so deep, that the organization will probably burn to the ground before Jones gets rid of him. Jones has spent years molding Garrett for the role in hope of creating the anti-Jimmy Johnson. He’s definitely succeeded in doing that. Garrett can’t inspire, motivate, analyze talent or masterfully manipulate the game like Johnson, the last Dallas Cowboys coach to win two Super Bowls (‘92-’93) and stand up to Jones.

“When you’ve played eight games and only won three, that’s a cause for concern,” said Jones, who added there is no scenario in which he would make an in-season head-coaching change with Jason Garrett.

That’s too bad for the Cowboys. It’s obvious that a change in philosophy is way overdue. The team is no longer exciting. They are wasting the talents of Ezekiel Elliott and even with the addition of Amari Cooper, if Dak can’t deliver the ball down the field and if he doesn’t start to show the leadership and effectiveness of a Patrick Mahomes or even a Baker Mayfield, then Dallas is married to a mob of mess for years to come.

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