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Jason Garrett says Cowboys’ improvement starts with him

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett knows that this year’s 8-8 record is unacceptable. And he says he’s the one who has to get better.

Garrett said he’s evaluating all aspects of the team that need to improve, and that it starts with him.

“We just have to get better and that’s what we told our team,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It starts with me as the head coach, our coaching staff needs to get better, our players need to get better. And that starts when we come back and reconvene in March. There were a lot of good things that happened to our football team this year. There were a lot of disappointing things as well. We didn’t play consistently good enough football throughout the year and we’ll go back and evaluate all that stuff and get better as an organization.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already declared that Garrett’s job is safe this year. But Garrett is right: He needs to get better if he doesn’t want next season to be his last.

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20 Responses to “Jason Garrett says Cowboys’ improvement starts with him”
  1. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 2, 2012 5:49 PM

    What Garrett is really saying is “Please don’t fire me! I’ll do better, promise!”

  2. lilrob10201 says: Jan 2, 2012 5:50 PM

    Jason Garrett should sub in for Romo in big games because he always seems to choke in them.

  3. minkytails says: Jan 2, 2012 6:03 PM

    You make it sound like icing your own kicker is a bad thing.

  4. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 2, 2012 6:03 PM

    At least the cowboys have those past Superbowl trophies to remind them that they were once a relevant NFL team.

  5. mtm1321 says: Jan 2, 2012 6:11 PM

    Garret is among many of the problems in Dallas. Doesn’t matter where he starts but he has to start somewhere because this organization has gone from proud to embarrassed.

  6. neagle64 says: Jan 2, 2012 6:16 PM

    Not a Dallas fan in the least bit but I do respect Garrett’s work as an OC. The problem is that Garrett, the head coach is always under the scrutiny of Jerry ‘the real head coach/GM/owner/messenger boy’ Jones. Personally, I can’t stand it when my own boss micro-manages my work…

  7. goforthanddie says: Jan 2, 2012 6:19 PM

    Yes Jason, you need to improve. Unfortunately, your boss needs to improve a Hell of a lot more, and that ain’t happening.

  8. justo529 says: Jan 2, 2012 6:37 PM

    Tony sparano will be the next Dallas head coach!

  9. maverick11ss says: Jan 2, 2012 6:40 PM

    As a cowboys fan i always like the cowboys giants match up. Hats off to the giants the better team won. The loss isnt on romo the guy was under duress the entire game by what i feel is the best front 4 in football. Bollies 4th n 1 stop was a major game changer and just an outstanding play. And dont get me started on TNew.. I love my team but i love football in general and give credit where it is due..i think people lose sight of what really happens in a game due to hatred of a team or player. Romo and garret isnt the problem. The defence needs help and the running game was non existent period..the giants new it and took advantage…good game giants heres to next year

  10. laeaglefan says: Jan 2, 2012 6:56 PM

    There is nothing better than when the TV cameras show Jerry Jones up in his luxury suite with a sour look on his face as the Cowboys lose another game.

  11. chuckihendrix9 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:11 PM

    same issues as last season, O-Line and Secondary. T Smith was a good pick, and will eventually be solid. Now, need to pick up a few D-Backs in draft or FA.

  12. descendency says: Jan 2, 2012 7:20 PM

    It starts with Garrett and ends with Jerry Jones.

    And by ends, I mean is ruined.

  13. krashie21 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    There’s a BAD culture around this team….and no matter how many times you change coaches, the culture won’t change.

    Jerry has these guys believing they’re better than they are and there is zero accountability from Jerry down to the water-boy.

    Here’s 6 ways to fix things…….
    – Bring back Jeff Ireland and hire him as GM
    – Hire Brian Billick, Norv Turner or Tony Sparano as OC
    – Make the first pick in the draft either a corner or an edge pass-rusher to help D-Ware — subsequent picks should focus on Guard/Center
    – Fire Dave Campo and Wade Wilson
    – Hire Tom Clements as the QB Coach (look at what he did for Aaron Rodgers)
    – Have Free and Smith switch sides

  14. gamermwm says: Jan 2, 2012 7:49 PM

    Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if they wouldn’t have let Chris Canty, Andre Gurode, and Marc Columbo go

    The Cowboys should have paid to keep those guys and released Scandrick and most of the no name defense and NOT settled for a patchwork O-Line

  15. plymkr88 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:20 PM

    It doesn’t matter who the coach is of this team if Jerry continues to run the football operations. Instead of pro bowlers Waters, Joseph and Goldson this team gets Holland, sticks with Newman and signs Elam. What a joke.

  16. mojosmagic says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 PM

    The further Jones travels from the Jimmy Johnson years the greater the abyss becomes.

  17. jrspike says: Jan 3, 2012 5:20 AM

    We will be talking about the same song next year. Jason will be there as long as
    He kisses jerrys ass.

  18. hescominsoon says: Jan 3, 2012 8:18 AM

    As long as the Jones family controls the cowboys nothing is going to change. Until Dallas fans stop paying big bucks to fill that stadium and quit buying their stuff Jones has no incentive to change how things are run. Right now Jones is making big bucks off a mediocre performing franchise…until folks stop paying for said mediocrity nothing is going to change.

  19. texansfan2011 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:31 PM

    Does this mean he is going to quit, I sure hope so because he SUCKS as a Head Coach along with the G/M and D/C of that sorry team……….

  20. texansfan2011 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:51 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:

    Jan 2, 2012 6:03 PM

    At least the cowboys have those past Superbowl trophies to remind them that they were once a relevant NFL team.

    ………………………………………………………………………..

    Those are Tom Landry and company’s trophies, the second best coach in the history of football. The Best Coach in the History of Football is Vince Lombardi (sp)……………………………….

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