Why aren’t other teams lining up for Jason Garrett?

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Rarely if ever does a head coach become a free agent.  Rarely if ever does a free-agent head coach find a high demand for his services elsewhere.  Usually, it’s because the free-agent coach is a free agent for a reason.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, whose contract expires after the season, could be the most desirable lame duck to ever hit the market.  With 11 wins and a division title while working under General Manager Jerry Jones, why isn’t Garrett showing up on the short list for other teams?

Sure, Garrett generated mediocre results during his first three years on the job, struggling at times to juggle the micro of play calling and the macro of, you know, not icing his own kicker with a time out.  But Garrett has found his way in 2014 (he no longer calls the plays on offense), presiding over a team that arguably has exceeded expectations more than any other — which should put Garrett in line for coach of the year consideration.

But Garrett isn’t being mentioned as a candidate for looming or possible vacancies in San Francisco, Oakland, New York (Jets or Giants, though a Tom Coughlin termination seems like likely), Chicago, and Atlanta.  Maybe it’s the perception that Garrett doesn’t want to leave Dallas.  Maybe it’s the belief that there’s already a wink-nod extension in place.  Or maybe he’s just not getting the credit he deserves.

Every year, the coordinators of the best teams land on the A- or B-list for coaching vacancies.  Shouldn’t the head coaches of the best teams be there, too, in those rarest of circumstances when the head coach of one of the best teams has a contract that’s about to expire?

113 responses to “Why aren’t other teams lining up for Jason Garrett?

  1. Is because they know that he is a fraud. Sorry Dallas Cowboys fans, but he has three former head coaches on his side line. Anyone can look like a great head coach with that.

  2. A great coach takes middle of the road talent and makes them a contender.

    A good coach has talent to work with and makes them a contender.

    A poor coach buys top talent and hopes it works out.

  3. The team got better as they removed responsibility from him.

    Think about it and you’ll have your answer then.

  4. One, as DPR says above, most teams know Jerry will re-sign him.
    Two, he might not be available until mid-February. Most teams in need of a new coach will want to have someone in place by then.

  5. They are smart enough not to anoint him the next Bill Walsh based on one season where he didn’t underachieve.

    Only the media likes to do that, or suggest firing any coach who doesn’t make the playoffs.

  6. You don’t know if teams have their eyes on him. And in any case, I don’t think other teams have any doubt that he’ll stay in Dallas.

  7. Michigan put out a press release the other day with a list of coaches they were pretending to be interested in along with Harbaugh and Garrett was on it.

    I think the problem is that no one has any idea if the guy can even coach. He had so much meddling and interfering from the owner from Day 1, no one can tell what was his idea/plan and what was foisted on him. Was he doing a bad job for all those mediocre years or was he actually so damned brilliant he was able to get them to .500 despite all the meddling and interference from the owner?

    Whatever the case, there is a general public perception that he is pretty spineless and good owners recognize that to not be a good quality in a coach.

  8. Why would or should he want to leave Dallas? Are any of those jobs really that attractive? New York? The Giants have shown a little spark late this season, but the Jets are a mess. Chicago? You’ve got $150 million tied up in a guy you don’t want anymore and nobody to take his place. Atlanta has some talent, but they’re having a hard time in that cesspool that used to be the NFC South. Oakland? They had a good draft this year, but that was their first one in how long and it is still the oldest roster in the league and the worst stadium. Tell me where they are going to be playing in two years. Better yet, go tell your spouse that you’re moving the family to Oakland.

    And be ready to duck!

  9. I just assumed everybody believes, as I do, that he is just a puppet for Jerry and has no real authority to make decisions.

    Most owners aren’t looking for that guy.

  10. Simple: “Head Coach” Garrett doesn’t buy the groceries or cook the food (as Bill Parcells liked to say) so when the meal tastes good, he shouldn’t get the credit.

  11. Because he’ll never win a super bowl and has coordinator written all over him? That would be my guess.

  12. Unfortunately as a Cowboys fan (lifetime)…there is a bit of truth in all previous statements…fortunately for JG, jerry will likely resign him…why would JG want to go anywhere else, he has underachieved…never been generally overrated, most have always believed he was in over his head…sorry JG, but not Head Coach material anywhere else in the NFL….he’s smart enough to know it…so is his agent, other teams and the general Fan base NFL wide.

    How ’bout them Cowboys?!!!

  13. JG was never a good coach when he was under control. Now he has at least 4 high-level coordinators on his staff who have made the team this good (Kiffin, Linehan, Marinell, Callahan).

    JG obviously has done a good job this year, but much of the credit should be given to the coordinators and assistants that were brought in to help this guy. He didn’t bring in these coordinators. Jerry Jones did.

    As much as I hate to admit it, Jerry Jones deserves credit. He has done a good job with this team, and at least putting the right people together to build a contender.

  14. Dumb Question…..Garrett is overrated as a coach, 1yr of of overachieving w loaded team doesn’t put him in elite coach club or the need bring forth a moronic question!

  15. U know he is not going anywhere right smh.. creating drama when there is nothing, you used to report on facts facts what hapenned?

  16. JJ know the only way he will get back to the “GLORY HOLE” will be if he keeps Garrett around. lulz

  17. God people are dumb on here. When the Cowboys lose it’s all of Garrett’s fault. He sucks. But when the Cowboys win, he had nothing to do with it. Dumb idiots, the lot of you.

  18. What team wants to get into a bidding war with Jerry Jones over Jason Garrett….JJ will turn it into prime time television.

  19. I don’t see Dallas letting him go, but to answer the headline question just look at the pic. Garrett is not a colorful coach. Seems to just blend in.

  20. I’ve enjoyed bashing Garrett over the years, but if he can do as well as he has with Jerry Jones as GM, imagine how much he’d thrive with a professional at the helm.

  21. …or maybe its because certain journalists don’t get as much insider info as they think they do, and don’t have access to any information of talks about Garrett in team front offices.

  22. Everyone seems to used to work for NFL front offices by the look of these comments..meanwhile the Cowboys are debating whether to rest or play before heading into the PLAYOFFS

  23. If Dr Jerrah was going to let Garrett go, it would have had happened already.

    Where else is Dr Jerrah going to find a coach that asks “How high” when told to jump……..

  24. His team didn’t find success until multiple duties were taken away from him and passed on to underlings.

    The Cowboys essentially have two offensive coordinators under Garrett. When you need three guys for one position, your head coach is not doing a good job.

    For what it’s worth, I’ll note that I am a Cowboys fan.

  25. djbleedthestar says:
    Dec 24, 2014 6:58 PM
    Everyone seems to used to work for NFL front offices by the look of these comments..meanwhile the Cowboys are debating whether to rest or play before heading into the PLAYOFFS

    For some teams like the Patriots or Packers – that’s the rule, not the exception. I realize it’s a big deal for you Cowboy fans – a play off appearance every couple of years (decade?) and you get all excited.

    For fans of other teams, it’s like the NBA – don’t even get excited until they start because they’re always there.

  26. The year that Garrett is making less on field decisions, the best the cowboys have been(under Garrett). The amount of seasoned/former head coaches is why many credit his success… IMO

  27. Actually though every coach since Johnson has been a puppet Garrett has recently been anything but. It was his decision to bring in Scott Linehan not Jerry’s. the only role Jerry played in hiring a new OC was be toeing bringing in Norv Turner like Garrett wanted to do. The lack of interest in him as an HC or I should say the lack of knowledge of any teams interest in him as a HC is only news right because it gives haters something else to criticize since Dallas is winning right now. Everybody knows Jerry isn’t gonna let Garrett go especially with him in the process of building something special and to anybody who wants to praise Linehan and Marinelli and act like Garrett hasn’t done anything just think what was Johnson without Norv Turner and Dave Wannstedt? Johnson didn’t complete the turnaround until Turner got there. I’m not trying to compare Garrett to Johnson I’m just saying Johnson too had good coordinators around him.

  28. Do any of the above commenters even watch the cowboys?

    They hadn’t drafted an offensive lineman in the first round in Jerry Jones’ tenure as owner until Jason Garrett convinced him to build the team through the offensive line like the 90’s teams. You think it was Jerry jones who wanted to trade back and take a center late in the first round. And was it Jerry who wanted martin over manziel? No. JG does have control and if you actually were Cowboys’ fans you’d know this.

    Give credit where credit is due. JG hired Scott Linehan to call plays after Jerry forced Callahan to call plays (we all saw how Jerry’s decision worked out there).

    JG isn’t Bill Belichick, but he also was a very young coach when he took over (and I’m not saying he’ll ever be belichick). He’s improved every year and assembled the right staff. It’s a true team effort and I’m happy he’ll more than likely be staying in dallas where he can convince Jerry to make the right decisions.

  29. He’s really not that good. This year is a lucky fluke.
    It’s not all that complicated if you pay attention to the NFL.

  30. Ppl acting like since he gave duties to multiple coaches, that he shouldn’t get credit or is just there. Take a look at all the great coaches..all overseers. Belicheck has a defensive coordinator and so does Pete carrol. Mike McCarthy has an offensive coordinator. This allows coaches to be able to track progress of all phases of their team. Haters are quick to be illogical when it comes to the team they hate. Facts>emotional words

  31. “But Garrett has found his way in 2014 (he no longer calls the plays on offense), residing over a team that arguably has exceeded expectations more than any other”.

    It was certainly more than your expectations, Florio. You had the D as the worst in the league, and had the Cowboys not even close to playoff contention. It was highly thought by most in the press Linehan would be a pass-first OC, and that Garrett would likely lose his job at the end of the season. Good thing (much like meteorologists) that you aren’t paid for your accuracy.

    Garrett isn’t going anywhere, and the coaching staff is doing a great job on both sides of the ball. Linehan has been excellent, and the haters are as frustrated as I have seen them in quite some time.

    Teams win and lose as teams, not individuals. This year Dallas has succeeded as a team despite the haters and anal-ysts predicting the opposite.

  32. Because they can’t line up for him due to NFL tampering rules. No owner can even think about commenting on a coach currently under contract to another team without the permission of the current owner.

  33. Loaded team? How many pro bowlers are on the defense? Don’t fool yourselves people. Just because he has high level coordinators doesn’t mean he’s not good.

  34. does anyone know if he can coach? it seems every move is scrutinized by Dr Jones. that would be the main reason I couldn’t conceder him as a head coach replacement. Jones has screwed with this guys image so much that he would have to take a job as an assistant just so I could start judging whether or not he can or cant coach.

  35. Maybe because they think he tanked the play calling to get Wade Phillips fired so he could assume the job he wanted… and then proceeded to become so overwhelmed that JJ hired all star assistants to take over various functions from him. He is pretty good at saying “yes, Sir” so JJ will bring him back. (unless JJ hasn’t extended him because he has somebody else in mind, like Holmgren)

  36. Jets would be lucky to have him. He’s not the best but seems like like a solid coach. Puts up with Jerry too.

  37. season isn’t over and dallas still has games to play.

    that is probably a big reason. can’t exactly ask him about a HC job when he is still a HC of another team.

  38. A lame duck coach with a playoff team. Who would have thought it? Maybe Jerruh is not as dumb as everyone thinks he is? Maybe he will let Garrett walk at the end of their season. Only a Super Bowl win would change his mind?

  39. Why?
    These ‘sportswriters’ craft these narratives about teams, coaches, and players, recite each other’s articles as reference, and remake them over. Coaches and players may say they don’t read the press, but GMs and owners don’t say that.
    Garrett had a plan and was allowed to stick to it despite these narratives and 3 regrettable seasons.

  40. Because just like free agent coaches are free agent coaches for a reason, free agent to be head coaches are fee agent to be head coaches for a reason.

  41. Because who ever decided that Garrett was actually a good coach? What would you base that on? One season? I’m not saying he isn’t a good coach but I’ve never heard anyone drool over his coaching abilities either. He has one good year and all of a sudden he should be at the top of everyone’s list?

    It will never cease to amaze me in whatever sport it is. Whenever one of the bandwagon jumper teams (cowboys, Yankees, Lakers, etc) does something well for the shortest period of time , people go way overboard in their praise and tend to way overrate every aspect of the franchise, whether it be players or coaches.

    It’s extremely likely Dallas gets ousted quickly this postseason. Where does Garrett stand then?

  42. Is this a joke? The answer to your question is because he’s an average to below average coach. At the beginning of the season the word was that if he didn’t have a far better season than he has any of the past several years he was going to be fired. Now were talking about teams lining up to hire him?

  43. uh, because Jason Garrett is a custom made Jerry sock puppet. My wife could trade places with him and get similar results. That being said, Jerry’s finally put together a competitive team that can win more than eight games. Now we’ll get to see how it does in the playoffs.

  44. Cause he’s the same doofus that gave up that huge lead to the injury ravaged Matt Flynn Led Packers….

    The guy couldn’t win a division title with a squad that took Wade Phillips to the playoffs twice…

    holy moly garrett sucks.

  45. paultilifall says:
    Dec 24, 2014 7:24 PM
    Do any of the above commenters even watch the cowboys?

    They hadn’t drafted an offensive lineman in the first round in Jerry Jones’ tenure as owner until Jason Garrett convinced him to build the team through the offensive line like the 90’s teams. You think it was Jerry jones who wanted to trade back and take a center late in the first round. And was it Jerry who wanted martin over manziel? No. JG does have control and if you actually were Cowboys’ fans you’d know this.

    Give credit where credit is due. JG hired Scott Linehan to call plays after Jerry forced Callahan to call plays (we all saw how Jerry’s decision worked out there).

    JG isn’t Bill Belichick, but he also was a very young coach when he took over (and I’m not saying he’ll ever be belichick). He’s improved every year and assembled the right staff. It’s a true team effort and I’m happy he’ll more than likely be staying in dallas where he can convince Jerry to make the right decisions.

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    Garrett is a puppet, but Peter King said that Stephen Jones is responsible for battling Jerry over the past few years for the O line. Garrett would get fired on the spot for opening his mouth like that to Jerry…

  46. @cboys4life2014: you are 100% correct. JG had to talk that moron of a GM Jerry Jones in to drafting Offensive lineman and start building the team from the O line out. Good Ole’ Jerry would have drafted Johnny “I Can’t Play In The NFL” Manziel. I personally think that Dallas’s O line is so good, there going to bring them right to Super Bowl! They can beat any team with that Offensive line, any team! They are as good as the Offensive line of the 90’s if not better! So all you JG or Dallas haters? Chew on that fore awhile! I would love to see Jason Garrett to be the next head Coach of my NY Jets!! I would absolutely love it! I can only hope and pray that Dallas lets such an excellent Coach like that go, and he comes to my Jets! Put JG’s Offensive mind with the Jets Defense!! The would be a dream come true! PS I’m not a Dallas fan at all! But I am a football fan and as a football fan how could anyone possibly say JG stinks, I also do know a good Head Coach and what he did for a lousy team looks like! JG IS A WINNER! Please come to the Jets?! You already have the Defense in place. All you would have to do is rebuild our Offense!

  47. all you haters are idiots. If you watch this team, over the last four years, you could see improvement in every aspect of the game. This head coach made them viable for the playoffs every year with little to no talent around their quarterback. he turned the roster inside out, change the culture, and now we the true fans are enjoying the fruits of his labor….ain’t no puppet people…the smartest thing jerry has done is stick with his man for head coach. Do not be surprised if he breaks the bank

  48. The great thing about this article is that there’s no way anybody who hates the cowboys can really give their opinion on with contradicting themselves in other criticisms they’ve had of Dallas or Jerry Jones or Garrett. If you say Garrett is a puppet who makes no important decisions on personnel or players then who built the team they have right now? Jetty Jones? The GM all haters deem to be incompetent and lacks knowledge of how to build a successful team since letting Johnson go? If you don’t wanna give Jerry Jones credit for this team then who next? Stephen Jones? The other Jones who is also deemed incompetent for no other reason than that he is Jerry’s son? If not those 2 who next? Jason Garrett? The one many of y’all whose opinion is based on nothing more than your hatred for Dallas are currently ragging on in these comments? You can’t take credit from one you hate without giving it to another you hate. Nice. And extremely ignorant.

  49. Give Garrett credit. He’s doing a great job. For all you lemmings that say he’s got a bunch of former head coaches on his staff? There’s a reason they’re FORMER head coaches. Give Garrett props. Dealing with Jerrah on a daily basis is, in itself, a Herculean task. Look it up….

  50. Dammit. I went thru all the trouble of signing up to say all the things the last two guys just said. All these numbskulls badmouthing Jason have no clue of what has really transpired. Just like all the years of trash talking Romo and look what you get when you finally give the man the tools he needs. Even with a F’ed up back. Continue with your ignorant comments and watch as we continue to take your teams down.

  51. As a cowboy fan I will be the first to say I wanted him out. This year he has shown his leadership in dictating responsibilities to assistant coaches and managing the whole deal. Go to dallascowboys.com and watch the post game locker room videos. It is clear the players play for him and the staff respects him. I’m glad after him spending these past few years cleaning up the Wade Phillips mess he is winning. But this time last year I was looking for his head… Now I’m looking for a Super Bowl.

  52. The ignorance on this thread is astounding. I love how Garrett can be a puppet and Jerry can be an idiot. So an idiot is pulling the strings of a puppet and yet the team is 11-4? Y’all even know how to put on your own shoes?

  53. Although 8-8 seasons have been the norm around here. Think back to the games they lost each year, they were lost by a score be-it a touch down, field goal or less. Cowboys record could have easily have been 11-5, 10-6, or even 12-4 with lesser players.
    Now are the judgment years, he’s obviously building in the right direction.
    The losses this year were from Romo try to do to much and having to change his habits his done that &(GM) J.Jones wanting to save Murray and tripping his own team up. Now thats been fixed as well. Now keep this young team rolling don’t rest them let them fight, build that attitude. Let the Boys ROLL!

  54. I think the real question is, what coach wants to take that job if all you do is stand on the sideline and let all the different coordinators do everything, then sit in the draft war room and the owner and his son pick all the players, then get destroyed in the media when the team underachieves.

    Nobody wants that friggin job.

    I guess unless your name is Jason Garrett of course.

  55. I love you ignorant fools. He’s had 3 years to slowly put in place the professional attitude and right players to be successful. Say what you want but he’s had plenty of influence in the draft room to make this happen. And all while having ole’ Jerruh looking over his shoulder. Enjoy your crow in 2 weeks watching reruns because your team didn’t make the dance.

  56. His whole body of work is not that impressive. Rod Marinelli deserves a ton of credit for turning around the defense. Garrett is an offense only coach and wasn’t winning enough prior to this year. I guess the bottom line is that while Garrett is not a bad coach, he hasn’t exactly produced to a point that other franchises have taken note.

  57. I think you have answered your own questions. he doesn’t call the defense. he doesn’t call the offense. and theres probably legitimate questions about how much of the gameplan he is “allowed” to develop.

    When JJ hired him he was given the team. They fell short. Then he had different coordinators forced on him. All play calling has been removed. now they succeed. Doesn’t look real good when you’re not doing much but determining 4th down decisions and timeouts.

    I could train a monkey to do that!

  58. Because he doesn’t want to leave Dallas. The Ravens made him their first choice in 2008 and he went back to Dallas to get a better OC deal. So, the Ravens went with John Harbaugh. Thank you Jerruh!

  59. Very simple answer here: Garrett has controlled the draft room for 4 years now and you see the results. Cowboys are the 2nd youngest team in the NFL with the best and youngest OL in football. Give him 2 more drafts with PPD Willie McClay and you will have a very very solid team. Jerry couldn’t do that with a gun to his head and he knows it. JG has more leverage than most in this media world knows. He has rebuilt and remade the Cowboys. Most GM’s will tell you exactly the same thing.

  60. So the haters have run out of things to bash Romo about so who can they go after now. I know let’s attack Garrett. I think it was jerry that took the oc duties away from GC last year and handed them over to Callahan. How did that work out? He was so predictable that the defense knew what they were going to run before the play was called. And kiffen was so far behind with the times that the defense was the worst in Cowboys history. Kiffen wasn’t any good at USC either and his own son fired him. This was another guy jerry brought in. Bad thing was that he signed them both to extended contracts that when he realized he had screwed up again, he couldn’t just get rid of them both, so he gave them different titles to save face. And if you have been following the Cowboys since jerry bought the team, he doesn’t take kindly to being made a fool of. Johnson can attest to that. Is Garrett a hall of fame coach? I don’t think so. But I also don’t think that he deserves the scrutiny of a bunch of haters, that have no idea what they are talking about because they are blinded by pure hatered. All I know is that he has the Cowboys in the playoffs and 20 other head coaches won’t. I’ll take it. Go Cowboys !!!!!!

  61. You may recall that Jimmy Johnson had 2 losing seasons (one a disaster) before he started winning. Those JG haters need to take into account JG hasn’t had a losing season albeit 3 mediocre even wins and losses. So now JG has the staff and team to be winning and question his ability as a coach? He is part of a coaching team – just as Jimmy was, just as Landry was and all of them (except Jimmy) had to fight Jerry’s constant meddling. JG should be given the credit to deal with Jerry and still win games!
    JG’s return is a no brainer.

  62. Jason is Jerrys Tom Landry, as log as Romo is the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Jason isn’t going anywhere. Romo has stated he will be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the next 5 yrs. Therefore, Jason will be riding the coattails of Romo for the next 5 yrs. How About Them Cowboys, NFC East Champs, Super Bowl Bound Baby. Jason will be hosting the Lombardi Trophy in February 2015.

  63. They hired a slew of experienced coaches, sone former HCs, and took away responsibilities from him. That’s how they improved.

    If he wants to establish his own identity, he ought to look elsewhere.

  64. You answered your own question. Three-and-a-half seasons of mediocrity vs. one strong season. Odds are 2014 is the fluke.

    I suspect as well that were a team interested in Garrett, he will stay with the Cowboys out of loyalty, as most teams would have fired him after seemingly eternal 8-8 finishes. It would likely be a waste of time for a team to chase Garrett.

  65. Yeah because Jimmy Johnson was such an X’s & O’s head coach.

    Garrett was initially thought of a coordinator because that’s the natural progression of getting into HC work…turns out he’s a good motivator and keeps the team even tempered. Let Linehan, Callahan & Marinelli do the classroom.
    Maybe those 3 failed HC’s will stay where they’re meant to be – as coordinators.

  66. pftrocks says: Dec 24, 2014 6:09 PM

    Dumb Question…..Garrett is overrated as a coach, 1yr of of overachieving w loaded team doesn’t put him in elite coach club or the need bring forth a moronic question!
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    U mad bro?

  67. Wow feel the hate most post have,you people are so predictable. Can’t stand when someone is succesful,start digging for negative reasons and why this and whys that. Look around dummys there is a bunch of teams that have former head coaches as coordinaters and they aren’t winning squat! Give the man his credit,it’s due. Wheres all that talk when they drafted Travis,ect… Then you haters are pulling whoodinis. Most posters just can’t keep it real and have to bash everything that doesn’t have to benifit there franchise they root for and truth is none of us on here have no idea whos doing what behind these teams doors.

    So on that note stop acting like you something and keep hating if it makes you feel smart or witty!

    Happy Holidays bozos!

  68. I personally can’t stand the Cowboys. But my dislike “hate” towards the Cowboys. I’m sorry, but they just don’t make enough and I couldn’t drink enough of the “hate” Kool-aid. So much so that it would make my two eyes blind! With that O line that makes holes big enough that I could run through! Oh, and having a pretty darn good Halfback to boot! Oh by the way, the pass blocking? Is something you only see??? Oh, once a decade! Then on top of that, their QB is awesome! He can make all the throws, steps up into the pocket and has anywheres,,Let’s say? from 4,6,8+ seconds to go through his progressions and hit his target 8 out of 10 time in stride? Oh, I’m forgetting about the Defense that all the NFL tagged as Scrubs! Then out of nowhere they play really well and wouldn’t you know it””” those Scrubs get turnovers? Yeah, sorry guy’s as a Dude who’s just an all around football fan. I can’t drink enough Jet green Kool-aid to not see a really, really good young team with 2 or 3 pieces away on Defense to make them an up and coming team that’s going to give us NY fans fits for years to come. In short, Dallas has a Damn good team with the best young Offensive Line that I haven’t seen since, since, oh, the GREAT WALL. PS Thank Jason Garrett for putting the Boys on the map AGIAN.

  69. You got to love the posters that give us “He is overachieving with a loaded team”. Do what?

    Jason Garret took over a team that had quit on Wade Phillips. He took over a team that had gotten old. He has had a large part in rebuilding it into a playoff team and one of the youngest teams in the league. How many guys are still on the squad from the club that Garret got from Phillips? Again, why would any coach want to walk away from a playoff team to go rebuild something else?

  70. “But Garrett isn’t being mentioned as a candidate for looming or possible vacancies in San Francisco, Oakland, New York (Jets or Giants, though a Tom Coughlin termination seems like likely)”

    Garrett???? Giants????

    Thanks Florio for the Yuletide comedy…..lay off the eggnog…..

  71. Like real estate, the market determines the actual value of a coach and owners know that Garrett is successful due to a strong supporting cast of former head coaches.

    What does Garrett contribute really?

    Nothing to do with the defense. Linehan is calling the plays and running the offense. Callahan coaches their offensive line and he has a veteran QB.

  72. I am a Cowboys hater but Jason Garrett is a real coach. When you work for Jerruh Jones, you have no chance to show your skills. Garrett will be a fine head coach in the NFL and the Cowboys will go back to being the Cowboys… 8-8 in 2015.

  73. Fans who are posting on here claiming Garrett sucks because he doesn’t have any other responsibilities other than being HC really sound dumb. Garrett isn’t the only coach in the league who doesn’t call offensive plays or defense. Jimmy Johnson for that matter didn’t call plays or his defense either. I’m starting to wonder how many of you tools who get on here really know anything

  74. Merry Christmas everybody! While I wasn’t overly impressed with Garrett’s first couple of years, (mostly because Dallas’s offense seemed to underwhelm despite Garrett’s supposed offensive mind), I’ve opened my mind to the possibility that perhaps what this Cowboy franchise needs is the stability of one, good, long term coaching staff. When you think of the Landry’s and the Noll’s and Belichick, and other long term coaches that had sustained success, you have to believe that part of the reason for that success was the ability to put a system in place and improve on it year after year after year. For proof of the opposite, see the Chicago Bears and pretty soon- the 49ers.
    It may be wishful thinking, but maybe Jerry is starting to see the benefits of building for long term success, (making the O-line a priority for example). We’ll see. I’d like to see Garrett return and see how they handle a little success. Can they build on it- can they add to it, that’s what I want to see if the Jones family and Jason can do. I hope so!

  75. cboys4life2014 says
    Fans who are posting on here claiming Garrett sucks because he doesn’t have any other responsibilities other than being HC really sound dumb. Garrett isn’t the only coach in the league who doesn’t call offensive plays or defense. Jimmy Johnson for that matter didn’t call plays or his defense either. I’m starting to wonder how many of you tools who get on here really know anything
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    For starters, Jimmy Johnson won super bowls and Garrett hasn’t even sniffed one as HC. Not only that, but Johnson was an excellent evaluator of talent. He knew who to trade and who to draft and built those great teams.

    That’s how he contributed to their success so instead of attacking the commenters, why don’t you just tell us one thing Jason brings to the Cowboys that they would have a hard time replacing? Are all the teams who have not interest in Jason wrong too?

  76. @dallascowboysdishingthereal Garrett is in his 5th year as HC and only his 4th full season. How many Super Bowls did Johnson win in his first 3 years? 0. Didn’t win any until his 4th season and currently Garrett is in his 4th season as HC at 11-4 with a division title and possibly more in a season in which they’ve won several big games. And who are you to say Garrett isn’t an excellent evaluator of talent? And who are you to say Johnson was a superior evaluator of talent? Lets look at the talent Johnson evaluated. Aikman was gonna be first round pick regardless of who had the No. 1 pick it was Johnson who also drafted Walsh and leaned more towards him being starter over Aikman had Jerry not stepped in and told Johnson that Aikman was the future of the franchise. When did Aikman start to show promise? After Turner got there and mentored him. So Johnson deserves no credit for Aikman. Michael Irvin was drafted by Landry and Jimmy actuall wanted to trade him early in his tenure as HC. It was one of his assistants (don’t remember who) who advised him not to do that. It might have also been Al Davis who talked him out of it. Emmitt Smith wouldn’t have been drafted by Dallas if Jimmy had his way going into the 1990 draft. Jimmy wanted to draft a defensive player it was one of the scouts who all but begged Jimmy to draft Emmitt. Thomas Everett was a trade that believe it or not Jerry worked out as Jimmy wasn’t interested in him. Charles Haley was also worked out by Jerry Jones. Novacek and James Washington were signed via plan B free agency. Any talent picked up from that was pure luck. Leon Lett was a 7th round pick he was the result of great coaching. Larry Brown was a 12th round pick again luck or good coaching. Jeffcoat, Newton, Tuinei, Bates and a few others were there when Jimmy got there. I’m not saying Jimmy wasn’t a great coach but he gets way too much credit for work his scouts and coaches did. Jason Garret over the last few years has slowly built a great via the draft and despite what many want to believe has made and makes personnel decisions. The truth is nobody knows how long it would have taken Jimmy to build that team through a standard amount of draft picks and free agent acquisitions because he didn’t have to do it slowly over a few years he pulled off the Walker trade giving himself many draft picks in a few year span. Of those picks there were busts theyre just not publicized just like you don’t hear much about him trading for Alonzo Highsmith who was a waste of a trade. IMO Garrett contributes smart decisions on players, personnel and motivating this team. If he was given as many picks as Jimmy had in a few year span we don’t know what he would build with it because he doesn’t have that and pulling off a trade of that same magnitude now would be unheard of. Wether haters wanna admit it or not the results speak for themselves so dish that.

  77. First of all, there are tampering rules. Remember, Jerry Jones was fined for it by talking about Adrian Peterson?

    Secondly, Jason Garrett, as HC, has zero losing seasons.

    Other points have already been raised by above posts in support of JG’s coaching, motivating and leading skills and abilities. Though they can be hard to discern from the usual spew of hatred, ignorance, bias, and/or sheer idiocy.

    Jerry Jones has alluded to looking for a Landry-type coach in terms of longevity and success, and hoping that he got one in JG. I believe that JJ may be right about JG in that respect.

  78. I’m not saying Jason Garrett is yet fit to hold Jimmy Johnson’s clipboard. The point in trying to get across is Garrett isn’t the typical Jerry puppet. I only compared him to Jimmy Johnson to make a point that while everybody wants to criticize Garrett for the team getting better after he’s been stripped of playcalling duties that Johnson didn’t have that duty to begin with he had good coordinators and coaches and mentors around him to help too. Johnson did have to start pretty much from the ground up and rebuild but he had the picks to do it. Garrett inherited a team that while it had talent it was far from stocked or loaded and Garrett has had to fill key positions through a standard amount of draft picks over a few years and the results are good so far. Not to mention like I said Garrett has been HC for 4 years now his first 3 being 8-8 seasons but Johnson is now judged by his last 2 years as HC not his first 3. Give Garrett at least the end of this season or next season before we start talking about what he does or doesn’t contribute especially since things are taking a turn for this team right now under his leadership.

  79. To all of the haters up there, including some SO CALLED “Cowboys fans”. When he was an OC I WANTED HIM FIRED. I said it over and over again. He ISN’T an OC now, he IS the HC and whether you want to give him credit for it or not, he has done what good HC’s DO. He has assembled a coaching staff that has produced a winning season when all of the SO CALLED “experts” had predicted another 8-8 season AT BEST! “Puppet”? Were ANY of you paying attention when JJ said that he ALMOST put in the “Johnny Foosball” card in the draft? He DIDN’T, instead they drafted Martin and the team is MUCH BETTER as a result (while Cleveland is stuck with an over hyped CLOWN in a QB uniform). Who’s PLAN do you think JJ decided to follow RATHER than pick the player HE WANTED? THAT doesn’t sound like a “puppet” who does what he’s told to me! ANY team that would want him as an OC is STUPID, but as a HC he’s getting it done.

  80. @cboys4life2014
    Posting a novel about the history of the cowboys? Really? A lot of words but you still can’t name a thing Jason brings to the table. Everyone including Terry Bradshaw knows he is a lame duck HC.

    See that’s why Jerry relieved Jason of play calling and replaced him with Linehan this season. Things are not the same as last year at coaching and the results speak for themselves. Jerry props Jason up and some mouth breathers like you, fall for it.

    As far as results go, Jimmy’s teams won super bowls and they haven’t won many since his departure (everyone but you must realize Barry Switzer won with Jimmy’s team)

    You argue that Jimmy Johnson can’t evaluate which just makes yourself look bad. How about the Herschel Walker deal you chose not to mention?

    Besides you would be the first one on here demanding Jason’s head if he went 8-8 again this season CBOYS FAIR Weather fan for life!

  81. The name of the game is win. When they loose, every one was complaining they need a football guy, now they have plenty and they are winning. How do you know Jason didn’t bring in the extra coaches? Some of you guys talk as if you are in the meeting room when decision are made. Even the the media, from which you get your talking points, don’t have a clue. They are winning that is all that matter. Don’t care how they get there. That’s how you are supposed to do it. Load your team with coaches and players, smart move I think. You Philly fans you got beat, get ont the couch and watch. GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!

  82. Jarrett should stay in Dallas – he isn’t skilled at being a head coach – everyone knows that all the moves on this team are done by Dr. Evil himself, Jerreah Jones, and there is nothing that Jarrett has done can be replicated on other teams without equal meddling by an over arching egomaniac owner.

    There has only been one season of competence in this team and it is this year – likely more about Romo having a running game and him having his choke reflex removed via surgery in the off season.

    This team should smash Washington on Sunday. If they do then there is more here than just Dr. Evil meddling. If the Cowpies sink to the level of the disaster in Washington and end up giving Ginger Rogers Griffin a chance to save his skin, then this team is nothing but the same incompetent set of boobs we’ve all grown to expect.

  83. “teal379 says:
    Dec 24, 2014 5:24 PM
    The team got better as they removed responsibility from him.

    Think about it and you’ll have your answer then.”

    Right there is the TRUTH!!! Once Al Davis Jr hired McClay, Linehan, Callhan and Marinelli and took away pretty much all responsibilities from garrettkeet they have better drafts and start winning… Coincidence? I think not.. NO teams are lining up for garreettkeet… he has already shown EVERYONE he is NOT a HC.

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