He Said: Jason Garrett’s Process is the Cowboy’s Best Hope

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Cas and I started the “He Said-She Said” series last year with the intent to show the readers two points of view. It has evolved in to a friendly competition to prove the other one wrong. When I suggested this topic and told Cas that I believe the Cowboys needs to keep faith in Jason Garrett’s process, Cas jumped at the chance to tell you all why she disagrees.

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In her She Said article from earlier this week, Cas discussed THE PROCESS that has been preached by Jason Garrett since he was named the head coach. Where we disagree is in our view of the results. While my esteemed partner sees numbers, she is ignoring the truth of how those numbers were reached.

Here is a more realistic view of the past 5 season’s results. A successful end to the season in 2010 where Jason Garrett took a team that had obviously quit on Wade Phillips and got them to give him their maximum effort even without Tony Romo on the field. That was followed by three 8-8 seasons in which the team far out performed it’s level of talent (remember how bad the defense was in 2013) and never played a meaningless game in spite of a ridiculously dysfunctional coaching situation. Once the coaching situation was settled, JG coached the team to a 12-4 season and a successful playoff run.

The Cowboys are currently sitting on a 3-8 record and no reasonable person would suggest that this season is anything but a huge disappointment. I recognize that we live in a “140 character” world and fans are nothing if not impatient. I expect this from the uneducated masses but I am surprised that my good friend Cas has fallen prey to the mass hysteria.

Think for a minute about the model franchises that have won championships and competed consistently over the past 20 years. The Green Bay Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots all have the coaching and front office stability to develop an organizational philosophy and put the proper players in place to perform well in their systems. Other than the Patriots, each of these teams has gone through a period (or three) of disappointing performance where general fans questioned the direction of the franchise and the leadership of the coaching staff. In fact if you listen after ANY team loses you will hear complaints of poor time management or coaching mistakes.

If you look closely at why this year has been a failure, it is not because Jason Garrett’s process doesn’t work. Peel back the onion and quite the opposite is actually true. Garrett’s process has kept the team competitive from game to game without its franchise QB. There are no unbiased observers that believe a healthy Cowboys team would be any less than 3 games up on the rest of the putrid NFC East with Tony Romo playing the full season. That being said, while Garrett has not been blameless, the real failures of this year’s team to win without Romo are failures of personnel. The gambles on personnel were ones that history show us are areas where the front office overruled the coach.

In a salary cap world, it is important that each team have a solid strategy on where to allocate its dollars. This season, the front office and the head coach disagreed on where those dollars should go. DeMarco Murray was obviously one of Jason Garrett’s favorites and the coach was vocal about keeping Murray for offensive continuity. We all know how that went. Garrett also has a history of wanting to invest heavily in having a solid backup QB. John Kitna and Kyle Orton are the best examples of Garrett’s historical choices for a backup and 2010 vs 2015 shows the difference between a Kitna and a Brandon Weeden. I remember some of the same voices shouting about cheap backups saying that the team was overpaying to have quality backups like Kitna or Orton for the past few years. How much would you be willing to pay now?I don’t necessarily disagree with the thinking behind the decisions but it is clear now that they did not work out.

Jason Garrett's ProcessAt both RB and backup QB, the front office gambled on lesser choices and those gambles failed this time. If we apply the same overreaction that Garrett is facing to the front office, it would make us say that Will McClay is inept and ignore all of the team’s personnel wins over the past 4 years.

No, the truth is that the 2015 Cowboys have seen a confluence of failed gambles and injuries conspire to derail a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations. While THE PROCESS may not be sexy or exciting, it has been very effective over the past five years in doing exactly what a coach is supposed to do…maximizing his talent on the field.

For every game fans point at to show Garrett’s faults as a coach, I can give them an example of his ability to lead and inspire his team to overcome adversity from his first game as interim head coach against the Giants to Bengals game after the Jerry Brown tragedy.

Jason Garrett is definitely not perfect but following his process is the Cowboys best chance for success this season and into the future.

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  • Californy

    I tend to agree with CowgirlCas way of thinking Harb, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want the same things out of the Dallas Cowboys.  I follow the team but I dont believe the media is a good projection of where the team is at.  I tend to believe my eyes on these players and never the words that are printed on the Dallas Cowboys

    I get it every year the Cowboys are favorite to win the Superbowl (that the media projection)  the reality is this team is only 5 games above 500 in JG term in the nFL.  In fact we are almost 5 games above 500 in the last 20 years and that the hard reality to it

  • Californy

    The Cowboy have been rebuilding in the Jason GarretT era but young player dont mean their good player.  If you follow the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and the Green bay packers they play their young player unlike the Dallas Cowboys and that is despite Cowboys cutting the veteran in front of them.  If you look at our development of some of our Core player , you can still see the flaw s in veteran player like Dez and Claiborne way into their career .  You dont see these mistakes on other team that have player developing at this stage of their NFL career.

    I believe this is because neither of these player were mentor properly when JJ cut the veteran in front of them and gave them the starting position.

  • Californy

    It doesnt take years to turn it around GB rebuild that team in less than 2 years when they won the sb at 42 p[layer on that roster with less than 3 years of NFL experience when they won it all several years ago.

    JJ prides himself in getting his core player signed to big contract for him it a way of keeping the team competitive for many years.  But in reality that has not been the case.  I am a strong believe the big contracts hurt the player development.  I am a strong believre in the next man up , this has worked well in The Landry era and New England era, it no surprise that both beam have 15 years of non losing season in a row with that Philosophy, 

    Tom Landry as great of a coach he was never caved into the player like most of today HC and GM do,  as great as Roger Staubach was, he never let Rodger call his play in Dallas.  I believe this is one of the reason he let Rodger retired.  Landry followed that up with this team going into The NFC championship games in the next several years with Danny White

  • Californy

    JG Philosophy goes against some of the key principals and Ideas Tom Landry held sacred.  In Tom Landry system he didnt believe in motivating his player, he did believe in giving his team the know how how to compete in games by demonstration what they needed to do in practice.  He believe in Practice  made perfect  I doubt Tom would ever start player who dont practice Tuesday through Thursday unlike what many coaches do in the nFL.

  • Californy

    I never understood the Cowboys method of building a championship.  Motivation is something that doesn’t come from an outside source but it comes from deep inside a person persona.

    Real conditioning is the time a player is willing to put in beyond the minimum.  The NFL dictates the maximum these player can be in practice during a week and in the off season.  But the nFL cant limit how much a player can work out on his own.  I remember as a kid running several miles before practice would even began.  I stretch for hours in Yoga for hours and work out my mid section.  There was nothing the coach could of thrown in camp that I already didn’t throw against my body already.  Football camp or conditioning was apiece of cake because, It wasn’t confined during the hours we were obligated to be there , but conditioning has become a way of life.

    I am a strong believe most NFL injuries happen because of the player not being in shape to make the play in the NFL.  Football is being in the right spot to make the play.  Conditioning is the main key to avoid most NFL injuries

  • Californy

    I never understood the Cowboys method of building a championship.  Motivation is something that doesn’t come from an outside source but it comes from deep inside a person persona.

    Real conditioning is the time a player is willing to put in beyond the minimum.  The NFL dictates the maximum these player can be in practice during a week and in the off season.  But the nFL cant limit how much a player can work out on his own.  I remember as a kid running several miles before practice would even began.  I stretch for hours in Yoga for hours and work out my mid section.  There was nothing the coach could of thrown in camp that I already didn’t throw against my body already.  Football camp or conditioning was apiece of cake because, It wasn’t confined during the hours we were obligated to be there , but conditioning has become a way of life.

    I am a strong believe most NFL injuries happen because of the player not being in shape to make the play in the NFL.  Football is being in the right spot to make the play.  Conditioning is the main key to avoid most NFL injuries

  • Californy

    So many times player want to celebrate everything in the world, and draw attention to themselves.  The real memories are the one you make and share with other people.  In football a DL dances to a play he makes.  I wouldn’t waist the energy doing that, I rather they save the energy to do it again.  In Landry and Bellicheck era, they didn’t celebrate the little stuff or they would never had the energy to accomplished the goal at the end of the season.

    The time to celebrate SB victories is when the clock hits zero zero in the big game, and after one day they need to file away that memory away for the time you no longer can play the game.  A hungry team is a good team, those who are not hungry wont make the plays.

    I remember Emmit Smith keeping all the ball after he scored a TD.  It seem like Emmit was filing away that celebration for another day when he could look back and see that he is the only back that has gone through his long Journey to get where he wanted to get once he he took off  his shoes for Good.

    There no doubting Emmit value to this franchise, there has yet to be another Cowboys RB who achieved what he did as a team player

  • Californy

    The checking of one ego at the Door.  This team history would never have been achieve had other player check their ego at the door.  In the early year it wasn’t about the fantasy number this team got, it was about the football number this team got collectively.  As good a season Murray had he couldn’t replicated his number with another team because Murray was missing the player on front of him and behind the scenes.

    In many way I believe Tony Romo injury were a result of not having a player of Murray ability in front of him.  JJ gamble on the system, and the system let him down.  For the most part it is the system but in this case it was the player in Murray that this team needed.

    The Triplets were just part of the team that won collectively because it wasn’t about just 1 player or 3 but it was about the whole team as a whole.