By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on July 25, 2014
When the GM/owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones fired head coach Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season, Jason Garrett was named the interim head coach. After doing a solid job, Garrett was named the head coach for the 2011 season. Jones has stated publicly that Garrett is not coaching for his job in 2014, but here are five reasons he is lying through his teeth and Garrett actually is on the hot seat in 2014.
Garrett is not a terrible head coach, but he has made blunders, including icing his own kicker Dan Bailey by calling timeout prior to Bailey’s 49-yard game winning FG attempt. Bailey then missed the FG and the Cowboys lost in OT. Play-calling under Garrett’s tenure has been head-scratching at times, like the entire second half against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15 last season. His clock management has also been laughable at times.
Garrett did a good job as the interim head coach, and at the time making him the head coach didn’t seem like a horrible idea. But in each of his first three full seasons as the head coach, the Cowboys have gone 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Consistently going 8-8 and missing the playoffs is not a recipe for job security.
That title is misleading because Dallas hasn’t actually made the playoffs under Garrett. The last time the Cowboys made the playoffs was in 2009, when they finished 11-5 and lost in the divisional round under Wade Phillips. If Garrett and Cowboys fans really think he will still be the head coach after this season if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, they are delusional. Jones can’t be that stubborn/stupid, right?
Cowboys fans became accustomed to winning, and they still believe their team will win it all each season even though the last time Dallas was in the Super Bowl was 1995. Love them or hate them, Dallas is still somehow America’s team, and Jones (horrible GM, great businessman) must know that the patience of his large and passionate fanbase is wearing thin. If Garrett fails to deliver at least a playoff appearance this season, he’s got to go.
Jones has publicly said Garrett is not on the hot seat heading into the 2014 season. Garrett has been on the Cowboys' staff since 2007 and also played seven seasons in Dallas, so Jones seems to like him. That being said, Jones has not entered into contract negotiations with Garrett even though this is the final year of his contract. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.
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