Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett is Building Something

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OK YDCFF Faithful, raise your hands if you felt like Robin Ventura as soon as the Dallas Cowboys announced they had just consummated a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to exchange 1st Round picks in this years’ NFL Draft. Come on, be honest, Jerry and Stephen Jones were Nolan Ryan dropping the hammer on the Cowboys Nation. Once again, bludgeoned and beat up by the Brass. Take that, you ticket-purchasing, jersey-buying, kool-aid drinking, devout lovers of the Famed Blue Star. I’ve always used this famed picture as a Life Reminder. Things just go this way more often than we care to face, endure and repeat. No writer worth his or her weight in salt and/or gold brings personal circumstances or baggage into play when their sole purpose is to bring information, opinion and hopeful joy to the reader. There’s simply no place for it, but truth be told, reader and writer alike, are human. Stuff happens. Every day. To all. It’s what we do with those punches that makes us all who we are. As the late, great Michael Jackson espoused in song, you simply have to take a long, hard look at that tell-tale, tell-all reflection:

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dal_a_garrett_b1_200 The guy to the left is not afraid to step in front of the reflective glass. He expects nothing from others that he doesn’t, first and foremost, expect from himself. Jason Garrett is not selfish or self-absorbed. He is highly-criticized, oft-justified, but the man does not quit. Quitting is not a part of Garrett’s modus operandi, and because of that, Cowboys’ fans should find solace. He can’t play call, he can’t game manage, he can’t de-robotize himself, and he can’t win. Does that about cover it? Think he’s aware of those Nolan Ryan haymakers? Call Jason Garrett what you want, but the man is human. He’s a man, he’s a husband, he’s a father, he’s a devout competitor, and he’s smart. Very smart. He lives, breathes and bleeds just like the rest of us. He’s also prepared, poised and operates with a purpose. The Valley Ranch Brass believes in him, and that fact belongs in the safety deposit box. While most of the critical Cowboys Nation sees Jason Garrett as being stripped naked of every Head Coaching responsibility, he is quietly putting his “blue print” all over this team. The fans simply need to stop “window shopping” and do a deep dive into foundation and construction. A house built on sand is a house destined to crumble. Jason Garrett is of concrete ilk and composition. It’s in his blood. His lineage and family bloodline exude confidence and courage. He will survive the scrutiny in Dallas, win or lose, but winning is the cure all, and no one wants it more than Jason Garrett.

I absolutely love the fact that Tony Romo’s more-than-stout, and questionably-justified, contract has virtually rendered Coach Garrett useless and a Geppetto puppet. Goodness gracious folks, please get some perspective. Romo’s so-called “involvement” is a good thing; not a polarizing wedge in the progress puzzle. A house divided is also a house destined to fall. ‘Garrett Grunts’ are slowly starting to appear all over this team. Football players. Football lifers. Smart guys. Dedicated guys. Worker bees. Coachable sponges. Lunch pail carriers and hard-hat guys. The “Right Kind of Guy”. There are subtle signs all over Valley Ranch: “No Room for the Prima Donnas.” Check the Ego, punch the clock, earn your keep. Competition will dictate who plays and who pines. Escobar

On deck will be full-fledged dives into both sides of the ball. What are “must needs” for the 2013 Dallas Cowboys to get back to consistent, winning ways? A complete look will reveal focal points and magnifying glass assessments heading into Mini-Camps and the July Oxnard Assembly! Stay tuned for more breakdowns and breakouts.

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Build It, and They Will Come……………………………

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  • Football Mensa

    Scott I enjoyed the read but….(A house built on sand is a house destined to crumble)  and a team built on skill players who can’t block on 4th and goal is destined to crumble as well.
    To this point he hasn’t learned to implement the running game into the game plan. I don’t want to hear well he has to pass because we can’t run. Then draft some interior o linemen and quit signing bums. If Garrett has as much influenece as you say then he should have used it get more o linemen. I think Leary will develop and become a good player , even this year. Still why the continual influx of wr’s and te’s ?
    Scott how has Garrett done with his in game decision making ? When the pressure is on and it’s go time, he fails.
    I like Garrett as a human. I think his temperment and demeanor have front office written all over him but not at head coach. Btw I hope I am wrong on that.
    I strongly disagree with you on Garrett not being eviscerated by Jerry. At the end of the season Jerry openly opined about someone else calling plays. Garrett said he was open to the idea. Since then Garrett has dug in. He knows if he doesn’t make the playoffs he is gone so why would he want to put his future in someone else’s hands ? The fact that Romo and Jerry are bedfellows with his new contract and Jerry openly mouthing off about Romo having more influence has rendered Garrett but a pawn.
    Garrett was the wrong coach for this team when he was hired. We have had to witness the continuing struggles of him learning how to coach  with a core group of players who are getting long in the tooth. We needed a veteran coach who was already experienced. It has been a waste of time and careers. Then again that part is on Jerry. The single biggest fool to ever title himself gm.

    • Football Mensa I would say that about covers it lol

      • Football Mensa

        LOL Cas….

    • MichaelValentino

      Football Mensa Am I the only one starting to think Mensa and Cas are the same person, sort of like Clark Kent and Superman or Peter Parker and Spiderman or Joe Biden and the Joker (sorry….his smile just makes me think of Jack Nicholson in that role). Seriously, Mensa and Cas can each write a 1000 word essay on Garrett and it would sound pretty much identical. 🙂  (I’m having too much fun with this, huh?)

      • Football Mensa

        @Michael Valentino….since I’ve met Cas I have tabbed her as the female mensa….Hint…we both smart….LOL…..and we both want to be wrong and have our team win a superbowl….

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa Well, there goes my theory out the window. haha.

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa and you BOTH are smart and have forgotten more football than 99% of the people who watch games have ever learned. No exaggeration.

      • MichaelValentino Football Mensa hmm the fact is. I have the boobs so i win! lol

        • MichaelValentino

          CowgirlCas22you’re a nut!

        • MichaelValentino CowgirlCas22 that’s what people keep telling me. men are expected to understand football, I am expected to stay barefoot and pregnant pouring coffee, Aint happening.

        • Californy

          Dont forget about being in the kitchen

        • Football Mensa

          Ok so Cas has boobs. She’s young. She’s got long hair. She has a nice tan. She loves the Cowboys. She hates Jerry.  She loves talking football.
          So I got 3 outta 7.  Cas got 7 outta 7.  Cas almost won.

  • Californy

    I be honest I am not a JG fan.  I dont believe his father background in football means JG will have a similar sucess.  In fact if you see his father background as a HC he hardly accomplished anything worth writing about.  JG was nothing more than as taxi cab back up QB who had his moment in a sun and he made a career out of carring a clip board in the NFL.  My main issue with JG is he need to grow a spine and stand up to JJ.  I see JG nothing more than a puppet HC.  I know I could never be a puppet to anyone in my life and especially as a head coach.  I dont see JG as being hands on and this has translated to his team being 8-8 and very undiscipline with high penalties in the NFL.

  • Californy

    There are many who want to give JG credit for having some good draft the last several years, but let be honest.  The draft of 2008 and 2009 had to be this franchise low point in history when drafting player, JJ and JG Brother went 1-18 in those years in term of players still on the team.  How can you not make an improvement with the bar has been set so low.  A monkey with as dart board can have similar of better sucess that what we had the last 5 years.  Dont think for a moment JG was not involve in personnel decision when Wade Phillips was here.  It was JG who cried to JJ about getting TO dismissed from the team.  Whether you like him or not, TO was right bout JG play calling.

    • MichaelValentino

      Californy I heard the Cowboys war room gameplan for the draft was just leaked. I haven’t seen it. So I gotta ask, It didn’t involve a monkey with a dart board by any chance, did it? lol

      • Californy

        We been ran by a monkey for years people just dont know it. How do you get the monley off the Cowboy back will determine when the boys come back into the glory years once again

        • MikeDougherty

          Californy You were hit in the head a few times while playing, weren’t you?

  • Californy

    I really blame JJ more than I do JG, But at the same time JG put himself  in a position for being this team Puppet Head coach.  Who is the one that make personnel anouncement who makes the team and who start.  When have you seen JG make these decision pubically.  JJ is the one who is making these decision when JG need to tell hem to stay put or even lock him out of the lcoker room.  I think it was last year when JJ came into the locker room and gave JG the game ball against the Giants in game number one. for me JJ step over the line big time.  This is the job of the HC not the GM to do this.  What happen to us the rest of the season, we peak in game 1 and played bad ball the rest of the season because JG can not get control of the locker room with this meddling GM and owner.

    • MikeDougherty

      Californy If you knew anything about the Cowboys, you know what happened. INJURIES!

  • cjwright

    Great post Scott. I am glad I am not the only one who still believes in Garrett.

  • When I consider the fact we lost 2 WR coaches in as many yrs with JG managing this team it shows that everything T.O said about JG’s mismanagement of his WR’s is true. These coaches see who is showing up for work every day.  Sherman and Robinson are both from the old school where the best players play. They have a hard time with the buddy system in Dallas. The best players don’t play. For a coach to repeatedly field players that don’t know where to lineup, repeatedly run their routes wrong, don’t know the playbook, don’t know the line calls, and are 2nd in the entire NFL for penalties something is wrong. Dead wrong. 
    Jim Harbaugh walked in to SF as the HC the same yr Garrett walked in to the Dallas HC position. Garrett had an advantage because he had been here and his system was already installed, Harbaugh had to install a new system during a lockout.  SF has gone to the NFC championship and a Super Bowl, the Cowboys have been 8-8. Both teams were 6-10 the same year. If you consider the fact that the running game has been on a steady decline ever since JG took over the OC job and now that he is the HC it’s hit a record low. I don’t see where all the talk about good drafts comes from. The only draft picks on this team who have really made any impact are 1st and 2nd round picks. Even those guys are yet to complete a season healthy. 
    RR was the fall guy, JG couldn’t handle him stepping up to him. It’s pretty bad when he has to scream at JG to call time out or throw a challenge flag etc. JG’s game management is piss poor. Everything from poor clock management to icing his own kicker. Then there is the common occurrence of too many players on the field etc. Poor play calling and the hypocrisy behind the right kind of guys stuff. Look at all the trouble with Dez Bryant, then it was Josh Brent and now they bring in Hargrove who has been cut from 6 teams for a history of Drug use and criminal activity. He also brings the baggage of the Bounty gate scandal with him. Don’t even get me started on guys like Andre Holmes that he tries to sell as the 2nd coming of Megatron, gives him a spot on the 53 in front of better players etc. The guy couldn’t even pass his conditioning test. They wasted 2 yrs on him only to cut him and he didn’t last a week in NE with 2 yrs of NFL experience. They cut him before he made it to training camp. These are the types of players that JG wastes time on. He is not a good evaluator of talent period. I could go on and on, but I have seen nothing from JG that shows me he is qualified for the job. I wont even go in to detail of how he throws his QB under the bus with no clue how to scheme a QB friendly offense. Smart coaches try to protect their QB with the scheme when there are soft spots on the offensive line. The Cowboys red zone production is the worst it has ever been in the history of the Cowboys as well.

    • ChrisG7

      CowgirlCas22 couldn’t of said it any better! Also, coming out of an IVY league school, hearing “I think” and “maybe” in almost  every other post game interview is just bad. “I think we could do a better job with the penalties” that does not sound very confident! He needs to replace “I think” with “I know”.

      • ChrisG7 CowgirlCas22 It would be nice to hear him be honest too, no matter how bad a player is, he always said he does a real good job and he is a good football player. If the coach is content with poor play the player will be too. These guys need to be put on the spot so they know they need to improve or else.

    • MikeDougherty

      CowgirlCas22 At least half of Romo’s interceptions were because the WR’s ran the wrong patterns or didn’t get to their spots on time. That falls on the WR coaches. That is why they were fired. Jim Harbaugh may have had to install a new system, but he had a LOT more talent to work with than Garrett did. And there is no such thing as “icing” a kicker. Look up the stats and show me where a kicker misses a second kick more than the original kick (good luck). Garrett has never had a losing record as a head coach and what he did last year with all of the injuries is somewhat of a miracle. No other team could have gone 8-8 with what we had left.

  • Californy

    I want to say I am sorry in many way Scott.  I thank you in your effort in writing this story, you just took a topic very sensitive to me in JG or JJ.  It like I said I am not a fan of either.
    In my life I had an opportunity to play with some great coaches, I never said I like them during the season.  But you learn to believe in them and do the thing they ask of you.  There was one game they bench me on defense during the early part of the season.  I was so mad, that I took it out on the opponet team, We score the 7 TD running behind my blocking at Left side OG.  This benching lit a fire on me the rest of the season, I knock out 5 star player in consecutive  games many on the first defensive play on the game.  Sometime we dont understand coaching decision but this one knew what button to press to get my attention. 
    That what I expect coaching to be, when player are willing to leave everything on the line for a team victory.  I just dont see it in JG.  I hope I am wrong so we can all say we have the best team in the NFL this year.
    Football is a topic I can not ever joke about.  I take it way more serious than other.  I apologize in my passion for a game If I offended you.  All I say is hang in there and show your passion as a fan of this team, just dont mention JG or JJ , lol.

    • MichaelValentino

      Californy Californy, remind me to never get you mad. And, if I was ever dumb enough to ever get you mad…go easy on me. 🙂  You sound like Mike Singletary. How many facemasks did he break during his career at Baylor? And he put the hurt on many people!

      • Football Mensa

        I have met Mike Singletary and he is an extremely nice guy. That said he has tone about him that screams no bs either.

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa A really nice guy and being from Chicago, I know he was one of the most loved players on those really good 80s Bears teams. Walter will always be no. 1 but Singletary (“Samurai Mike”) was probably in the top three along with Dan Hampton as fan favs. He was soooo intense. His eyes would just about bug out of his face. lol

      • Californy

        BTW I dont play the game to hurt people, I did play the game to show the other team who was in charge on the field and who they had to answer to.  It was always my belief to give the other team your best shot in the game on the first play.  The player going down on the first defensive play of the game was something out of the ordianary for me , I never knock out another player out of the game like I use to in those early years.  I missed playing the game more than watching it.  I like the way more than playing the games.  The practices was the real challenge just to survive it.

        • MichaelValentino

          Californy you still scare me. lol

  • MichaelValentino

    Scott, you really have a way with words. I may not completely agree with your article – on the love-hate Jason Garrett continuum, I am somewhere between Football Mensa/Cas and you/CJ….close to Mensa and Cas – but you do give me a little hope. And, if nothing else, I sure enjoyed reading your column. I love your writing style. My biggest concerns with JG are his needed improvements in clock management and game time adjustments and in motivating his team. Cas loves what Jim Harbaugh has done in SF (who doesn’t?) and I agree with her in that I think the Cowboys would be more competitive with JH as HC vs. JG. Harbaugh does have these advantages over JG: (1) his  management knows who to/does draft quality offensive linemen; (2) his star linebackers stay healthy. Willis and Bowman would not be scary sitting on the bench or in the trainer’s room. And Frank Gore would not beat down teams running behind Livings, Bernadeau, Free & company. But the 9ers are aggressive and they play with a chip on their shoulder. I’d like to see tougher team character on the Cowboys, and that, I believe, starts with and is a reflection of the HC.

    • MichaelValentino

      *closer to Mensa and Cas

    • Football Mensa

      No doubt Michael it was well written and Scott’s point of view  is valid. Truth be known I hope everything he wrote manifest itself on the field this year.
      My point was I haven’t seen anything yet to make me believe in him with the caveat of Jerry undermining him.

    • MikeDougherty

      MichaelValentino The Cowboys NEVER gave up or didn’t play with toughness last year. They led the league in 4th qtr comebacks. They have as much if not more, heart and toughness as anyone. Sit back and enjoy the ride this year. You will finally see the real Dallas Cowboys.

  • Californy

    I coached baseball for about 6 years and I never yelled at the player, I would be talking to them contantly. In in real life I am not a screamer, but you will see it in my face when  i dont agree with you I cant hide it.  That why you will never catch me playing cards