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Jones willing to give Garrett long-term chance

Posted on: November 8, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 6:04 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones took the podium for his press conference at 5:00 PM EST and didn't waste any time -- he confirmed the news that Wade Phillips was fired and that Jason Garrett had been named his replacement (with the title of "Interim Head Coach"). He also confirmed that Paul Pasqualoni

But Jones also pointed out that Garrett isn't the only one up for evaluation -- the players will be evaluated as well.

"I recently addressed the team and my comments to them were very brief and pointed," Jones said. "I told them they should not think that this is in any way an admission of defeat. We have eight games remaining and we will go into each game with only goal -- to win. I told them the evaluation process will begin with finding guys who play the hardest -- I told them we were looking for players who want to win the most."

Jones also stressed a need to "change the culture" of the Cowboys, and argued that Garrett is a perfect candidate to do so, perhaps even in a long-term situation.

"Jason certainly has been a part of long-term thinking for the Dallas Cowboys and for me," Jones said. "But what we're addressing on an interim basis is how to maximize how we're playing right now, this week at practice and with the Giants. And I do believe Jason has the temperament, the disposition to affect a culture change. I think this is important. We know all mens' style is different -- his style is one I think can be real effective."

Whether Garrett can actually change the laissez-faire style of discipline that the Cowboys are accustomed to remains to be seen, especially considering multiple reports circulating that he's not exactly popular with the team (Albert Breer of the NFL Network points out the majority of players 'don't like him at all.')

But if he can, there's a job waiting for him at the end of the rainbow; Jones made it abundantly clear that the remainder of the 2010 season is an interview for Garrett, and two things would determine whether or not his offensive savant stuck around in Big D: winning and effort.

"He does have the opportunity to get the job long term," Jones said. "That opportunity would be obvious if you step back and look at it, and if we do outstanding as a team and have very visible and tangible success, then certainly that's doing your job in a, if you will, crisis situation. And that kind of action goes beyond a resume, especially when you're in the foxhole with them."

That might not make a lot of Cowboys fans happy, as they're not particularly fond of Garrett's inability to energize the offense (and as Andy and I discussed earlier, opening up that can of worms could lead to missing some better coaching candidates).

But that doesn't matter -- Jones can talk about his "accountability" to the fans all he wants, but in the end, the decision is his, as owner, president and general manager, to make. And if he wants Jason Garrett to coach, Jason Garrett will coach.

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:43 am

Jones willing to give Garrett long-term chance

Changing the head coach doesn't really address one of the primary problems.   When will Jerry deal with the need to replace the General Manager?  Laughing

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:16 pm

I believe him.

I mean, what reason has Jerry given anyone to think he doesn't mean what he says?

The damage has been done for the season.  The players are out of shape, the paycheques already as good as signed, and nobody has anything to play for.  There's nothing Garrett can do at this point.

Jerry's never going to hire any young up-and-comer as a coach (not that Garrett is that anymore).  Nor will he go the Bill Parcells route again, somebody who's won it before, like Cowher or Billick.  He'll pick another retread -- John Fox, Jim Fassel, Dom Capers, maybe bring Bill Calahan back from the college ranks.  He'll never pick someone who, if they win, will be able to take more of the credit than Jones.  Since Jones just isn't that good a GM, that pretty much means they'll never win while he's running the front office.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:50 pm

Jones willing to give Garrett long-term chance

I agree with Buckfu.  I do not see him having any much of an impact on the players.  First, this article mentions that many players do not like him.  If he does not have the respect of the players, like Wade did, they are not going to try for him.  As a Giants fan, I know Tom Coughlin is not a player's coach, but he has the respect of the players and gets them to give it their all every week.  Whenever it has appeared he lost control, in 2007 (they won the Super Bowl) and then this year, the team was able to back him up and support him and take himself off the hot seat.  While he may not be the nice guy like Wade is, he has the respect of his players and they play hard for him every week.  Wade was unable to control the me-first gigantic ego players filled on Dallas' roster and let Jerry control him like an owner gives commands to their dog.  Another reason Garrett is walking into a death trap is not because he was the supposed head coach in-waiting a few years ago, but because the team is 1-7 and has had 5 straight embarassing losses (especially the last 3).  The team has quit on the season and they know they have no chance left this year except playing for the #1 pick in the draft.  Garrett cannot expect for this group to give it their all the rest of the season and try to win when they are out of the picture already.  I just don't think he will last as coach because he is horrible at running the offense and will just be another one of Jerry's puppets.  He should have taken the fall as well with Wade.  They have been here the same amount of time.  His offense also is one-dimensional (throwing to mainly 3 guys and rarely running) and commits drive-killing dumb penalties as well as taunting penalties when they do score, which only puts their already pathetic defense in an even more difficult spot.  They have no discipline on offense and that should go on the players, but also the man who is in charge of that offense (Garrett).  Although he is out, Romo is also very undisciplined.  He is statistically a good QB, but he lacks the intangibles that Brady, Manning, and even Brees have.  He cannot lead an offense and he always seems to crumble in the clutch, throwing that game-deciding pick, fumbling the ball, or simply getting blown out much like his offense was in Minnesota last year in the playoffs.  He also does not have the respect of his entire offense like Brady or Manning and always seems to have excuses for his mistakes.  Garrett is not going to make a difference because they are not going to try if they had nothing to play for.  If they had excuses for losing when there was still some hope left in the season, there is no way they will play hard now.  And with that top pick in the draft, they should use it on a QB because they have the talent, but with Romo taking snaps, they will not be able to return to respectability or compete for a title.  He is better than Kitna, but is not the long term answer.  Looking at him when it matters, you can see why he was not drafted.  If they want to compete, they need a no non-sense coach who will give these guys a good butt-kicking and make them earn their paycheck like Cowher or Gruden and they need a new face at QB.  Use the high draft pick on a QB and allow him to grow.  That QB will make his rookie mistakes, but there is plenty of young talented players on this roster that they could contend even with a rookie QB.  The divas just need to be booted out and with a new QB with a new attitude and a tougher-minded coach from outside of the organization, next season could be much better.  But first, the selfish divas, Romo, and the entire coaching staff need to go because they clearly do not have the respect of those who actually care about winning.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:23 pm

Jones willing to give Garrett long-term chance

We can only wish for Cowher in Chicago. Probably won't happen, but what the hey?

We haven't had a real coach since Ditka.

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