The Dallas Cowboys are five days away from kicking off the 2014 season against the San Francisco 49ers. When the Cowboys take the field on Sunday they will be led by head coach Jason Garrett. Many people believe that Garrett is coaching for his job in 2014, but I believe he has ultimate job security.
Garrett doesn’t get much support from the fans, and he is criticized for his in game management by the media. A recent survey done by ESPN insiders ranked Garrett as the 30th best coach in the NFL. Garrett doesn’t have a lot of people in his corner, but he does have one important person backing him in Jerry Jones.
Jones has shown more patience with Garrett than with any of his previous coaches. The current four-year playoff drought is the longest since he bought the team in 1989. Dave Campo is the only other Cowboys coach who has failed to make the playoffs in his first three seasons, and he was fired after his third season. Campo is also the only coach in Cowboys history with a worse win percentage than Garrett. Despite the mediocre 29-27 record of Garrett and the three straight 8-8 seasons, Jones still stands firmly in the corner of his head coach.
So, why does Jerry support Garrett in a way he didn’t support Chan Gailey, Bill Parcells and Wade Phillips? Maybe it’s because Garrett was a player for the Cowboys during the glory years of the 1990s. Maybe Jerry sees potential in Garrett that he never saw in those other coaches. Personally I believe it is all about comfort. Jerry is comfortable working with Garrett in a way he wasn’t with his past coaches. As humans we all like to be in our comfort zone, and for Jones, Garrett is his comfort zone.
Some people believe it is playoffs or bust for Garrett in 2014, and if Dallas struggles in 2014 there will be many fans and media members calling for his job. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, the truth is the only opinion that matters is that of Jerry Jones, and no matter how the 2014 season goes for Dallas, his opinion isn’t changing.