It was exactly one month ago that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave head coach Jason Garrett a vote of confidence that he would be at the helm in 2014. What a difference a month makes.
After the embarrassing 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers, in which the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers overcame a 23-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cowboys, the pressure is really on in Big D. According to sources close to the team, Garrett and the entire Dallas coaching staff will be fired if the Cowboys don’t win out and clinch the NFC East title. Talk about pressure.
To make matters worse, the momentum train has come to a halt, while history is definitely against Garrett’s Cowboys. Since he took over as head coach, Dallas has lost out on a playoff berth the past two seasons in Week 17. The fact that it could happen for the third straight year doesn’t bode well for anyone that calls himself a coach within the Cowboys organization.
It’s somewhat humorous that Jones will hold the coaches accountable but not himself. The fact is Jones the general manager has not done a great job of making the proper selections in recent drafts. Fans have begged for Jones the owner to replace himself as general manager, but unfortunately, that doesn’t look to be in the cards anytime soon.
Jones brought up a good point for the reasoning in a recent interview. Any player the new general manager would like to draft or sign in free agency would have to go through Jones anyways so he may as well just keep the job. Of course, sitting back and letting the right people for the role do their job is clearly out of the question.
Now back to the fate of the coaching staff. Tony Romo and the offense are way too inconsistent. The defense is banged up, which has caused all sorts of problems this season. Dallas should crush the Washington Redskins, but the Philadelphia Eagles in the season finale will be a different story. Maybe Garrett getting a fire lit beneath him will be the difference maker this time around.