Pressure on Jason Garrett gets turned up
|Tim MacMahon, Landry Locker, and Jean-Jacques Taylor are filling in for Ben & Skin and discuss what MUST happen next season if Jason Garrett stays as head coach of the Cowboys. |
"We have to understand there's history and precedent in these kinds situations as you're trying to put a program together," Garrett said. "You're going to get knocked back. You're not always going to achieve it in Year 1 or Year 2, but you keep doing things the right way and you will break through."
How Garrett is attempting to structure this program is the correct way to become successful. Surround yourself with the "right kind of guys," as he likes to say, who love football, add foundation pieces through the draft and supplement with free-agent picks, big and small, and you will win.
It takes time, but it could be worth the wait.
Garrett has one more year, or he will suffer the same fate as the seven coaches who were fired Monday.
I think Todd's points are well made. It's tough to see the progress this year's team showed through the prism of that final-game loss. It might even have been better for Garrett if his team had fallen short against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers in those two tough December games, then won the last two. They'd still have fallen short, but the anger over the missed opportunity wouldn't feel so fresh.
They didn't, though. The Cowboys did enough, in spite of their many deficiencies, to put themselves in position to play for the division title for a second year in a row. That fact can't be overlooked. Yes, the whole thing is very complicated, and fans who are mad don't feel like stepping back and taking a big-picture look at the season that just happened. You don't want to remember how improved you thought Garrett looked as a game coach after the Pittsburgh game while you're screaming about how Mike Shanahan just took him to school. You don't want to remember how impressed you were with Romo's season turnaround because what he did Sunday was the same thing you feel like he always does in those big spots. It hurts. Totally understandable.
Credit Jones with seeing the big picture through his own disappointment, and for giving Garrett a third full season to implement and burnish the "program" of which he speaks. The Cowboys knew all along they were a team with holes, and now they'll get to work on adding those pieces they desperately need on both lines, among other places. But add them they will. And once they do, Jones will rightfully expect to see improvement in 2013. And if Garrett were to end up 8-8 again next year, this concept of progress might be as tough to sell to the owner as it is right now to sell to the fans.
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