Is 2018 a make-or-break year for Jason Garrett?

Getty Images

Jason Garrett became head coach of the Cowboys during the 2010 season. His ability to extend his tenure beyond 2018 could hinge on whether the team makes it to the playoffs in 2018.

Garrett’s ability to coexist with owner Jerry Jones, allowing Jones to have the spotlight while Garrett grinds away, has helped him survive for more than seven seasons despite making it to the playoffs only twice. That may not save Garrett if he fails to qualify for the postseason for the sixth time in eight seasons.

A coaching change could have a significant impact on the roster, specifically at the quarterback position. If Dak Prescott plays more like he did in 2017 and less like he did in 2016, the next coach could push to make a change at quarterback.

That gives Prescott even more incentive to do whatever he needs to do to improve in 2018. If he fails, the team fails. If the team likely fails, Garrett quite possibly goes. If Garrett goes, Prescott’s future with the Cowboys may hinge on what would be a contract year in 2019.

For more on the current dynamics in Dallas, the video attached to this blurb includes a visit from Charean Williams to Friday’s PFT Live.

45 responses to “Is 2018 a make-or-break year for Jason Garrett?

  1. It’s NEVER a “make or break” year for Garrett in Dallas. Success is secondary to his acceptance of his role as a spineless yes-man who Jerry can undermine whenever he needs to stroke his own ego.

    Jerry doesn’t want a coach with a mind of his own, he wants a Gumby to just stand there and smile and clap and bend to his will. If the Cowboys hired a coach who had pedigree and a mind of his own, then that would mean less public attention and less credit being paid to Jerry himself.

    It has been proven repeatedly over the years. The team can be completely mediocre, but as long as Jerry gets to feel like the man, then he won’t change anything.

  2. diehard pats fan, but when is enough enough?! how many 8-8/9-7 “we are one player away” seasons does it take before uncle Jerruh pulls the cord?!

  3. Good insert in there Florio about Dak. I think Dak’s first year breakout performance is a lot like people talking about Cousins – although while Cousins has great yards, he too is an 8-8 QB. People seem to recognize that Dak is a 4th round QB with 4th round upside. I think 1 there needs to be a coaching change, but as you state, I would not be surprised to find a new coaching asking for a 1st round talent.

  4. The Clapper will keep on clapping as long as he can keep his nose firmly up Jerrah’s butt.

  5. If not for Jerry’s help, Jason’s 0.558 record would be higher than Carroll’s .586 and seen as good.

  6. The facts about Garrett :

    He cut Wade Wilson’s throat

    In a crucial game he iced his own kicker

    Two years ago he refused to allow a healthy romo (who was clearly outplaying prescott in every practice ) the opportunity to win his job back costing the cowboys the super bowl

    In the green bay game two years ago he did not know the rules on illegal participation and the free kick rule . Two HUGE things that hurt his 13-3 team

    Notice the assistants they hired. All castoffs from other teams who pose no threat to him.

    The decision he made to go with prescott will ultimately cost them both. Garrett will be fired and prescott will be relegated to what he should be doin. Backing somebody up

  7. The Hate from Some Dallas fans can be 2nd to none when it comes to losing and keeping A coach or QB. Yes Pressure is on and building up in 2018. The pot has steam pouring out of it and it’s about to explode.

  8. The issues go deeper that Garrett. 2 years after he retired, the Cowboys will be carrying $8.9 million in cap space for TONY ROMO. Genius GM moves.

  9. Unless he forgets how to chew gum or clap, he’s safe. That’s all he’s responsible for on game days.

  10. Okay, weeding through the nonsense, he probably has to make some changes in order to stay in good graces. But I don’t think his job is necessarily in jeopardy unless they go 5-11 or worse.

    The Cowboys coaches that certainly are on the hot seat for 2018 are Linehan and Marinelli… Linehan especially. He was kept on because he has promised to start to incorporate some level of creativity, as opposed to the same exact plays year after year. The team has the offensive talent to get to the playoffs but the difference has really been Linehan’s inability to adapt to the players he actually has. He has just simply run the same offense every year regardless of the specific talents of players. So we have not seen Elliott’s incredible receiving ability exploited, and we have not seen any attempt at option runs, RPOs, bubble screens/jailbreaks, designed QB runs, etc which would exploit Dak’s abilities. They are just running the same vanilla offense. I think that if that continues, he will be the first coach fired.

    Once the coordinators are replaced and if the team STILL fails, I guarantee Garrett will be let go. But, that is probably at least 2 years out. I think the Cowboys are much smarter than a lot of FOs out there when it comes to stability on the coaching staff. You can’t just keep replacing the coaching staff every 2-3 years and expect instant results. However, I would agree that they have been slow to adapt… Which is what happens when your coordinators are old football junky grandpas that are set in their ways. We’ll see if they finally adapt in 2018.

  11. It depends on how 2018 phases out and how all 4 phases of the team do. Offense, defense, special teams, and whenever Jerry tells me to clap my hands.

  12. Garrett keep his job because he says “yes sir” to anything Jerry Jones says. Jerry once said that he values loyalty over almost everything so Garrett just has to not publicly contradict Jerry and he keeps his job. Garrett did not deserve this job – as offensive coordinator under Wade Phillips, his bad offense helped Wade get fired. The bold, gutsy calls that helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl would never have been made by Garrett – Garret always goes for the safe and conservative play.

  13. askeddie11 says:

    I good with “He should have been fired 4 years ago.”
    =================================================

    So two years before he won coach of the year. Okay.

  14. No matter which way you want to spin it, Garrett will be given as much flexibility as Jones can possibly give him if for no other reason than Jerry Jones wants to be able to say he was right about Garrett, should Garrett go on to win a Super Bowl.

    As long as the team is competitive and doesn’t go 1-7, Garrett will be given a lot of flexibility.

  15. nyyankeehatespoliticos says:
    March 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Garrett keep his job because he says “yes sir” to anything Jerry Jones says. Jerry once said that he values loyalty over almost everything so Garrett just has to not publicly contradict Jerry and he keeps his job. Garrett did not deserve this job – as offensive coordinator under Wade Phillips, his bad offense helped Wade get fired. The bold, gutsy calls that helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl would never have been made by Garrett – Garret always goes for the safe and conservative play.
    —————–
    ” The bold, gutsy calls that helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl would never have been made by Garrett –Garret always goes for the safe and conservative play”

    Wrong song Sally. Dallas was 8th in the league in 4th down conversion attempts last year and Phi was second. In between those two were Den, Oak, Mia, Cle all teams with 6-10 records (meaning they were always trailing and likely not in playoff contention after mid season) or worse making decisions like this far easier.

    Where do people get this stuff? When is everyone finally going to learn that false narratives can easily be fact checked? This isn’t only a problem for media outlets, it happens all the time, everywhere.
    Just because you THINK something is a certain way doesn’t mean it is that way, you need proof. In this case, you have none. For the record: Dallas was near the bottom in attempts in ’16 at 13-3 which means they didn’t need to, and tied for 8th again in the lost year of ’15 in which they were losing games big time, So both years have caveats.

  16. Michael E says:
    March 31, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    askeddie11 says:
    I good with “He should have been fired 4 years ago.”
    =================================================
    So two years before he won coach of the year. Okay.
    ____________________________________________________
    Or that one year before coach of the year where they went 4-12

  17. To answer your question – only if he starts standing up for himself and insisting he have the same authority as every other coach. If that happens, Jerruh will dump him.

  18. Jerry Jones would never want to deal with Zimmer and his bluntness.
    And it backfired on him big time to never hire Mike Zimmer back as head coach.

  19. Garrett should have been fired at the end of last year. If the Lions could fire Caldwell after consecutive 9-7 seasons but missed the playoffs this year, I wondered why Dallas didn’t fire Garrett as well. But he’s Jerry’s boy, and he’s not going anywhere.

  20. Jerry Jones is an Al Davis clone. He would much rather receive credit for winning than for the Cowpies to win but get no personal credit. That is why he won’t change coaches even if his team does not make the playoffs. He wants to prove to the world that he can win with just about any coach in the country. He may even hire Mike Singetary to prove his point. LOL

  21. Garrettt still can’t manage clock and then in #1 seed year with healthy accurate chemistry with Dez n playing Green Bay at home defense he knew and QB with revenge for year prior BS call coach did not say go get them tony come on! Was our Super Bowl in 4th round save$ mode or no loyalty because he never got his QB shot don’t care team should of come first not roomy high after mom died go experience! Cower time!!!

  22. Jason Garrett’s job is safe unless and until he wins a Super Bowl. When he does that Jerry Jones will fire him and prove that any coach in the USA could have won the Super Bowl with the talents that Jones’ front office has acquired. Therefore the credit for winning the Super Bowl belongs to Jones, not the head coach.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!