Fact IS Reality: Why Jason Garrett Should NOT Be Fired

Published: Jan 02, 2014 16:53pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 02, 2014 @ 05:12pm EST


My esteemed colleague Shaun Merritt recently published an article "Fact VS Reality: Why Jason Garrett Should Be Fired". While Shaun is a very dear friend of mine and I respect his HSO's, but we tend to disagree on quite a few things.  I mean this guy wanted Ron Washington fired this past year after they won "only" 91 games for crying out loud!  But that's a story for another day.

Well I guess it's my turn to weigh in on this Garrett (non)issue.

Shaun threw out the fancy George Santa Clause quote "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I hope to the Football God they do. I believe Jerry IS looking at the past.  He thinks he gave up on Chan Gailey too early, he knows the Browns gave up on Belichick too early and that the Raiders gave up on both Shanahan and Gruden too early. I could go on, but I won't.

Cowboy fans should hope they DO repeat the past.  Knee jerk fans were trying to run a little known guy with no coaching experience out of town when he was 13-38-3 after 4 years.  His name was Tom Landry. I think he turned out pretty good. He might have sold his soul to be 29-27 after 3 1/2 seasons.

The REALITY (as Shaun put it) is that if the Cowboys fired Garrett, they would take a significant step back. Unless you're ready to go into full on rebuild mode changing coaches would be a mistake at this time. What Andy Reid in KC and Chip Kelly in Philly did was the exception rather than the rule.  Unfortunately because of parity, mediocrity tends to beget mediocrity. The Chiefs and Eagles both benefited from high draft picks and from playing last place schedules this season. Shaun mentioned in his article that the Cowboys had winning teams 5 of the previous 6 years prior to Garrett taking over but 3 of those years they were only 9-7. That still puts a team in the middle of the pack. The quickest way to improve in this league is to take an enormous nosedive and finish with 2-4 wins.

The FACT is that the Cowboys have been in contention to the final week each year since Garrett took over which is more than can be said about 95% of the league including all 3 division opponents. The question then becomes: do you want a team that competes EVERY year, or ne that does every few?

Jerry has nothing to lose by keeping Garrett on another year and everything to gain. Why should Jones let another team benefit from the seasoning and experience he's gained with the Cowboys?. 


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