Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was clear in his promise; “uncomfortable changes” are coming he said, and so far he has delivered.
On Saturday, it was reported that Jones is requesting that head coach Jason Garrett give up his offensive play-calling duties and fire his brother. John Garrett is the team’s tight ends coach and passing game coordinator.
I don’t really understand why Jones wants Garrett to fire his brother after a season when quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten both had career years. It’s actually pretty mind boggling to me, given the public support Jones has shown for Garretts.
It also doesn’t fit with the previous firings of running backs coach Skip Peete or defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. I understood that they weren’t getting the most out of the talent they had, but that’s not the case with Garrett’s brother John. In fact, it’s the opposite.
The conspiracy theorists out there think that Jones is forcing Garrett’s hand to try and get him to resign as the team’s head coach before the season starts. I cannot, for the life of me, think that’s what Jones is trying to do, or at least I hope that’s not what Jones wants to do.
Jones’ advisors and front office have been in his ear about getting Garrett an offensive coordinator/play-caller. I’m on board for that. I understand why Jones would want to change play-callers, and or bring in a legitimate offensive coordinator. On one too many occasions, the Cowboys offense stalled and was very predictable. So, in order to let Garrett focus strictly on preparing the team, I’m all in when it comes to hiring an offensive coordinator/ play-caller.
I don’t understand nor do I endorse wanting to make Garrett’s situation one where it’s his brother or his job. First and foremost, if you know anything about building a team, specifically a championship team, you know it will take time. It will take time to get players that fit the scheme, it will take time for those players to learn the scheme and it will take time for players to execute that scheme.
I think that Garrett has a plan and has his team headed in the right direction, but he’s missing certain parts before it can all come together. Garrett’s last three drafts have produced some young talent. Talent, which can be solid for years to come, and which could be derailed by losing their head coach.
I don’t know what Jones is trying to prove, but right now is not the time to start throwing wrenches into Garrett’s process. If the plan is to fire him or get rid of him, then just do it.