Jason Garrett lost all respect on Wednesday, if he had any left to lose. The Dallas Cowboys‘ head coach confirmed his position as Jerry Jones’ latest “yes man” by providing the most pitiful excuse for the Cowboys’ disappointing 8-8 season. Garrett said this was a rebuilding year for the Cowboys, so a .500 season was expected. That’s a load of horse radish because he said the opposite five months ago.
“Well, we’ve said it right from the outset, we made some decisions in our organization where we moved on from some older players that probably would have given us maybe a better chance to win right now because we wanted to take it in a different direction,” Garrett said.
That is a baldfaced lie. The Cowboys did indeed cut some veteran this past offseason that were hindering the team. The guys who took their places are better players right now. Plus, Garrett said in August that those players were cut to help the team win “right now.”
“We felt like it was the best move for us right now,” Garrett said when the Cowboys cut six veterans last offseason. “There’s nothing purposeful in saying, ‘We’ve got to get rid of all the old guys and sign all the young guys.’ That’s not what we’re thinking. We’re just trying to make our team as good as it can be right now.”
Garrett is making a pitiful excuse for his team’s poor performance this season and there’s no room for that in Dallas. It would be a lot different if Garrett had said his team didn’t execute and he’ll fix that this offseason, but he didn’t. The Cowboys are now held hostage by a weak coach who is putting on a façade of a tough guy.
This is exactly why Dallas started 1-7 under Wade Phillips in 2010; the players had no respect for their head coach. Garrett is following right in Phillips’ footsteps by not taking responsibility for his actions and let’s not forget that he preached accountability to his players all season. It’s time to practice what you preach, Coach.
I mean at least try not to say the exact opposite of what you said five months ago. This team was labeled a rebuilding team, but Garrett flat-out rejected that title and consistently said this team was ready to win “right now.” The fact he’s going back on that now is nauseating. Cowboys fans have been hostage of too many weak coaches and now it appears we’re eating a different bowl of the same disgusting soup.
You may not believe this, but that’s not even the best part. Garrett said the phrase “growing pains” about 50 times when referring to this past season, a one in which Dallas was one win away from a division title. That’s a rebuilding year? A team that easily should have been 12-4 is starting over? Rubbish.
Garrett is smoking something really good if he thinks Roy Williams, Sam Hurd, Marion Barber, Leonard Davis or Marc Colombo would have made this team a contender in 2011. Andre Gurode is the only veteran cut who would have made a difference. Maybe Garrett is saying what Jones wants because he’s the one who claimed responsibility for wanting those veterans cut so the Cowboys could win “right now.” A rebuilding year my foot.
The Cowboys are doomed until Garrett is fired. I had all the faith in the world in this guy until he pulled this little stunt. He has no cojones and that’s what the Cowboys desperately need in a head coach. Any candidates in mind?
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