Scot

Quality Starter
When even USA Today slams your management decisions you know you are in trouble



Wilting in big moments is exactly what the Cowboys have repeatedly done this season and for much of Garrett’s tenure. Garrett hasn’t consistently called the right shots under pressure. With the division title at stake, a squad featuring a lot of nice pieces failed to play up to its potential — again.

Jones can voice frustration about his team. He can call out the coaches for failing to adequately prepare players. But truthfully, the owner has no one but himself to blame at this point.

Let’s not pretend that this is the first time Garrett seemed like he’s in over his head. Let’s not act as though this is the first time he has failed to take the Cowboys to the next level. In his 10 full seasons, his teams have posted winning records just four times, and he has only two playoff victories in five games.

But Jones opted to stick with Garrett as his head coach entering this season when he could have made a switch last offseason.

Jones made two grave miscalculations.

First, he overestimated the quality of this Cowboys roster. He thought he had a Super Bowl contender on hands. But in truth, this group is good, but not elite.

Then, Jones acted out of complacency by sticking with Garrett. Jones seemed to believe that a strong collection of players would compensate for whatever deficiencies Garrett has as a coach. But while a strong leader can put a talented team over the top, players can’t carry coaches.

Now, as the Cowboys find themselves in danger of missing the postseason altogether, Jones is paying the price. It became clear weeks ago that Garrett had to go. But the Cowboys didn’t have anyone capable of stepping in as an interim who could have done any better.
 

Doomsday

High Plains Drifter
Better late than never!
Just pointing out the complacency and idiocy of these sports "journalists" only just now coming awake. They've all known all this stuff, but were reluctant to say anything because Garrett's an Ivy League guy, one of what they in their failed and miserable lives, looked up to and aspired to be. They hated Phillips because of his Texas drawl, they kept quiet about Garrett because of his word-salad, educated mouth and pedigree.
 

SixisBetter

Anywhere on the line.
Just pointing out the complacency and idiocy of these sports "journalists" only just now coming awake. They've all known all this stuff, but were reluctant to say anything because Garrett's an Ivy League guy, one of what they in their failed and miserable lives, looked up to and aspired to be. They hated Phillips because of his Texas drawl, they kept quiet about Garrett because of his word-salad, educated mouth and pedigree.
They are enablers.
They ask him about this year's training camp motto and how cool it is too have "The Star" as an indoor practice facility instead of " Why do you suck so much?"
 

dbair1967

Administrator

and they're poised to miss the playoffs
A quick glance back to the start of modern playoff era (1970) shows there are less than 10 teams who had point differentials of +100 or more that missed the playoffs. Many of these were in the 70's when the format was less teams getting in. I think it was only 3 since 2000. Several of these were teams that tied for the division title but lost on a tie breaker.

If we beat Washington by 18 or more, we'll be on this list, assuming Philly beats NYG.
 

LAZARUS_LOGAN

Pro Bowler
He started his full time coaching career finishing 8-8 and failing to make the playoffs.


10 years later, he finishes his coaching career with an 8-8 record, and fails to make the playoffs. You cannot make this stuff up.
 

LAZARUS_LOGAN

Pro Bowler
"First, he overestimated the quality of this Cowboys roster. He thought he had a Super Bowl contender on hands. But in truth, this group is good, but not elite."


Well then which team(s) are elite? Then I would challenge, if you gave these elite teams Garrett as a coach, how elite would they remain?

By my definition, an elite team in this context would be one that could overcome Garret's incompetence consistently. And I do not see such a team.
 

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