Let me start off by saying that I feel Jason Garrett’s days with the Dallas Cowboys are numbered.
I base that opinion on the changes, which Jerry Jones has forced on Garrett this off-season. Jones said they were coming, and boy, has he delivered. Jones got rid of Rob Ryan, after a second consecutive season in which his defense underperformed. Jones also got rid of running backs coach Skip Peete after it was pretty obvious that Felix Jones would not develop into a starting caliber running back.
It was also rumored that Jones was pretty ticked off at the team’s tight ends coach, who happens to be Garrett’s older brother. Jones was fuming because John Garrett couldn’t develop former second round pick Martellus Bennett, who defected to the New York Giants via free agency during the off-season, into a viable option at tight end. It was also said that Jones was not happy with the lack of development with John Phillips.
Since then, John Garrett has left the organization and found employment elsewhere. I can understand why Jones would be upset, but lets face it, not many players are going to have many opportunities playing behind Jason Witten.
In defense of the position coaches who got fired or left on their own free will, it doesn’t help that the players they’re supposed to be developing into studs were highly overvalued players with poor work ethics. As a coach you can only do so much to help a guy who doesn’t want to help himself.
It also appears that Jones is hell-bent on recreating the 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and every one of his recent hires indicate just that.
Jones hired Bill Callahan last season to be the team’s offensive line coach, and has said that Callahan will be the team’s primary play caller in 2013. This change came after being advised by people within the organization that he needed to change play callers. Callahan worked with former Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden when he was with the Oakland Raiders.
Jones also brought in Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli both men were part of Gruden’s staff with the Buccaneers. Jones has also hired Rich Bisaccia to be the special teams coach. Bisaccia was the Buccaneers special teams coach under Gruden. After looking at all these changes, is it not obvious which part doesn’t belong?
It may only be a matter of time before Garrett realizes he’s not the redhead coach, which Jones wants to run his team.