She Said: Garrett’s Process Isn’t Working

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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.

Jason Garrett's process isn't working

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.” 

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.”

Tom Landry had a process that worked
Tom Landry flew bomber missions in WWII.

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,  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.

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  • Californy

    Nice article Cowgirlscas, JG and JJ just don’t understand what it takes to be come a winner

  • Californy

    I just found out that Tom Landry according to his widow, was no longer a Cowboy fan.  It my belief he saw what JJ was doing and disagreed the direction the Cowboys were going in.  Where Tom had 20 years plus of non losing system, The Cowboy  have like 20 years of 500 ball since the post SB XXX season.

    There was one coach who took notice of Tom Landry and that is Bill Belichick in how he approach the game of football

  • Californy Landry died a Giants fan. Jerry made him hate the Cowboys

  • You spoke my heart. I grew up on Landry and it breaks my heart watching Jerry and Garrett continuing to make the Cowboys the joke of the NFL. It went from 20 consecutive winning seasons to 20 years of .500 or worse.

  • Californy

    I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared
    so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a
    field and be prepared to play a good game.

    Sound like Tom Landry is a coach who believes if you dont do it on the practice then you wont do it on the football field.  Landry I think never started a player in a game who didnt practice.  He a believer more about the system than the player.  Landry never behold to a player, he let his best player walk when he wanted to become bigger than the team, at Roger Starbach

  • Californy

    I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared
    so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a
    field and be prepared to play a good game.

    Sound like Tom Landry is a coach who believes if you dont do it on the practice then you wont do it on the football field.  Landry I think never started a player in a game who didnt practice.  He a believer more about the system than the player.  Landry never behold to a player, he let his best player walk when he wanted to become bigger than the team, at Roger Starbach

  • Californy

    If you are prepared, you will be confident, and will do the job.

    So many times you see JG put in player who still dont get what they are doing on the football field.  I believe Kellen Moore would be a Landry type of player, he know what every player is doing on every play, yup that includes where his lineman are too on every play

  • Californy

    Right after the game, say as little as possible.

    The Cowboys have been the opposite of this with the Post game interview and Pre game Interview.  You know what I never watch either because it against what I believe in a football player.  I believe Bellichek and Landry are 2 coaches who believe in you let all your talking happen on the field.

  • Californy

    albeam17 We know what the common element is in those 20 years, It the salary cap and The GM name JJ.  It really not about dollar but good player evaluation and player development.  Landry was well aware of this having develop player from  defensive side of the ball to offensive player and vice versa.

  • gcarr1213

    When Garrett calls his own Defense, Offense, and Special Teams, then we can talk about Garrett being close to Landry. Garrett is no where close. Landry left his mark on the league by creating offense and changing the way football was played.

  • gcarr1213 he can’t even string together 2 winning seasons

  • gcarr1213 he can’t even string together 2 winning seasons

  • gcarr1213  Landry was the only person to act as the DC while he was playing. He also invented keys, was the first coach to incorporate a QC coach and a strength & conditioning coach. He maintaained a high level of discipline and you would never see a player get away with throwing fits on the sidelines, skipping meetings etc. 
    Belichick is the modern day Landry.They have had a ton of injuries this year. Are down to 3rd string OL, backup RBs and 4th string WRs. Pretty much the only starters left on offense are Brady and Gronk. Every year they let Pro Bowl players walk rather than pay them. No One is bigger than the team. The Dez contract cost us Murray, Harris, and Durant at the very least.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 I wouldn’t have resigned Harris. We already paid Beasley. Murray I am not paying top dollar to a RB. Durant I think is the one guy we should have found a way to keep. Right now I am looking at Reggie Ragland the LB from Alabama. Isn’t a super rangy guy, but will blow up your run game. You put him behind Jarran Reed, and it will be tough to run the football on Dallas especially up the middle.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 That’s not to say he can’t cover, he can do it, just isn’t nearly the athlete of someone like McClain or others. I think he’s a step below CJ Mosely in terms of talent level. Mosely is a good player for Baltimore now.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 I think the notion that Alabama players aren’t good in the NFL is a misnomer. Now their RB and QB are a different story. But most of the Alabama players that hit the NFL are solid players to really good. Mosely, Dareus, Warmack, Hightower, even Collins is doing well for NY.

  • Californy

    So many of JG supporter say he need more time to show what he can do.  In reality it doesn’t take that long to  make a difference in the NFL.  In 3 short years, with 9-3 record thrown in while coaching in Indy, Bruce Arian has a 39-16 Record for a winning percentage of over 71%.  Jason Record with the Cowboy has been 44-39 for a winning percentage of 53%.

    I can name 2 Coaches  no longer in The NFL with better winning percentage, Jim Harbaugh 44-19-1, and Mike White 66-46.  So my question is why is JG still a HC in the nFL

  • gcarr1213

    Californy It’s not like Garrett had to start building from scratch right away. He still had Witten, Ware, Romo, Spencer to build around. Most people don’t like Spencer, I personally did, and he did his job.

  • gcarr1213

    Californy It’s not like Garrett had to start building from scratch right away. He still had Witten, Ware, Romo, Spencer to build around. Most people don’t like Spencer, I personally did, and he did his job.