Dallas coach Jason Garrett doesn’t think Tony Romo is to blame for the team’s failure to win more than one playoff game during his tenure as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback.
Garrett was asked in an interview on SportsCenter about Romo’s 1-6 record as a starter in “win or go home” games, and Garrett answered that the record is a reflection on the entire team, not just the quarterback.
“I think teams win ‘win or go home’ games. I think teams win playoff games. I think teams win championships,” Garrett said. “Certainly the quarterback has a big role in having a really good football team, a championship football team. Tony’s done a great job helping us get into some of those games, helping us get an opportunity to win the division, to go to the playoffs, and sometimes it hasn’t worked out for our football team.”
As a team, the Cowboys are 8-8 in both of Garrett’s two seasons as the head coach, and Garrett acknowledges that that’s not good enough.
“That’s what we are and that’s the reality of this league. You are what you are,” Garrett said.
Those comments aside, the SportsCenter interview was oddly lacking in football content, as ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez asked just four questions about football and eight questions about how much Garrett looks like the Homeland character Brody. This exchange got things started:
Dominguez: “People on Twitter are talking about you. And so during the Hall of Fame Game people were talking about you. And do you know what they were saying?”
Garrett: “I have no idea.”
Dominguez: “This is what they were talking about: How much you look like Brody on Homeland.”
If that had been the end of it, it would have been one thing. But Dominguez wasn’t even close to finished. She then asked, “Do you watch Homeland?” and, “Have you ever been told you look like Brody on Homeland?”
Garrett tried to brush off the questions and say that redheads are often told they all look alike, but Dominguez wouldn’t drop it.
“Oh, come on! You look exactly like that guy,” Dominguez insisted, without ever mentioning the actor, Damian Lewis, by name.
Here’s a picture of Brody on Homeland. I don’t think he looks much like Garrett, but Dominguez does, and she wanted to make absolutely certain that Garrett knows she thinks that. She also wanted to know how Garrett thinks Brody — a fictional character on a show that has nothing to do with football — would do as a football coach. Dominguez asked, “How would Brody do, coaching the Dallas Cowboys?”
Garrett said he has “no idea” what kind of coach Brody would be, but Dominguez decided to follow up with two more questions about Brody.
“For people who don’t watch, Brody is a good guy, but he’s also a bad guy,” Dominguez said. “So would good Brody do better coaching the Cowboys, or bad Brody?”
Garrett played along and said he’d pick good Brody, but Dominguez still wasn’t ready to drop it, asking, “You wouldn’t want bad Brody to coach against the Giants?”
All that Homeland silliness aside, Garrett did make a good point when he was actually asked about something relevant: Football is a team sport, and when the whole team struggles, it’s not just the quarterback’s fault. If you want to blame someone for the Cowboys’ record, blame someone whose responsibilities extend to the whole team. Like the head coach.