The process has been preached by Jason Garrett since he was named the head coach. The results? Three 8-8 seasons, one 12-4 season, and then a rapid decline evolved. The Cowboys are currently sitting on a 3-8 record.
The process has resulted in one winning season since Wade Phillips was the head coach and he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 season with a Bill Parcells core of players. If there is any type of a pattern under Jason Garrett as the head coach, it’s a unique ability to turn a winning team in to losers almost over night.
Big Harb 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 Michael suggested this topic and expressed wanting to put his faith in the process, I couldn’t accept the challenge fast enough. I find it impossible for him to present a valid argument when the Cowboys have had 1 winning season in five years under Jason Garrett as the head coach.The old adage is:
“If it isn’t broke, don’t try and fix it.”Â
My dad was a career military man above and beyond being a football coach. If you take a look at players and coaches with a military background there are some very important traits that stand out: the first being leadership ability, the second being discipline, and the third is always being prepared. My dad has an old military saying that has stuck with me since I was a little girl.
“Piss Poor Planning, Produces Piss Poor Results.”
Obviously the process doesn’t incorporate any military principals. First and foremost, being prepared.
Tom Landry was known as the “great innovator” because of his ability to always have a plan B, maintain discipline, find players that were a good fit for his system, and make the necessary adjustments throughout the course of a game to overcome the adversity they were facing. He was the only coach in NFL history to design not only his own defense, but his own offense as well.
Tom Landry took over a new expansion team with a bunch of players that worked regular jobs in the off-season, and turned it in to a team that went on to 20 consecutive winning seasons. People like to try and compare Jason Garrett to Tom Landry which is nothing more than an insult.
Garrett started with a solid core of players, and if anything, has taken a step back. Landry had to start from scratch. He didn’t have free agency to bolster his team. He incorporated a process and built his team from scratch entirely through the draft. After 5 years of building, they went to back to back championships in 1966 and 1967. However, it didn’t end there. It lasted two decades. I am not seeing a process that works. A process that works always has another player ready to step up in the event of injury.
Garrett’s piss poor planning resulted in a team that was solely dependent upon two payers: Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. There was never a plan B. Welcome to 3-8. I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, the process will never work because there is never a plan B. Why? Jason Garrett has no clue how to evaluate and/or develop talent and have another guy ready to step up when someone gets injured. The disaster occurred by relying on Weeden, Cassel, Street, Escobar,Â Randle etc, it has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that his process will fail.
Not taking advantage of an undrafted gem like Drew Pearson (Cole Beasley) by failing to include him more in the game plan, progress stopping players like Kellen Moore for a failure like Matt Cassel and not having the ability to make mid-game adjustments, all strengthen my case that the Dallas Cowboys will never be relevant with Jason Garrett’s process. Sorry Harb, the evidence is so overwhelming, that it is impossible for me to lose this debate.