Fact VS Reality: Why Jason Garrett Should Be Fired

Published: Jan 02, 2014 14:32pm EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 02, 2014 @ 02:55pm EST


After his third full season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett has once again failed to get the Cowboys to live up to expectations. While owner/GM Jerry Jones is willing to give him a pass, fans like myself, are not.  To make my case on why Jason Garrett should not see another full season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, let's look at the facts of Jason Garrett’s tenure as head coach versus the reality of his tenure as head coach. 



The Dallas Cowboys have suffered key injuries (Sean Lee, Tony Romo, Miles Austin, DeMarco Murray, etc.) that have prevented them from being successful and thus making the playoffs.


According to a study on injuries by Jenny Vrentas on SI.com, the Cowboys have lost 22 players to IR in the last 3 years. Out of the 21 different teams that have made the playoffs in that time, 18 have had the same if not more injuries than the Cowboys. Only SF, MIN, and PHI have had less.



The Cowboys have only won one playoff game the last 17 years and expecting Jason Garrett to turn around the franchise in 3 short years is not realistic.


The Cowboys had made the playoffs 6 times in those 17 years. They even won the division twice. The Cowboys will begin the 2014 season with their longest playoff appearance drought since 1986 to 1990.



Jason Garrett has improved the work ethic of team and instituted programs that have them heading in the right direction.


The Cowboys had 5 winning seasons in the last 6 years including two divisional titles, all with two different head coaches. The Cowboys have not had a winning seasons since.



The NFL prides itself on parity and schedules accordingly. Each year is different and you cannot judge a coach by his overall win/loss record due to the very competitive nature of the NFL.


Despite having an overall winning percentage of 51.79, Jason Garrett’s wining percentage against teams with a .500 or better record is .194. His wining percentage against teams with a .499 or worse record is .920. 


The fact is, reality is more telling.


Jason Garrett is simply not the man for the job in Dallas. Three straight years of sub-par performance and choking in the final game with the playoffs on the line has made this team an afterthought amongst the NFL elite. When greats likes Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith are starting to bash the team, you know the star has fallen. Perhaps the biggest problem is that we all know Jerry Jones will never fire Jason Garrett as long as they are "competitive." Jason is his protégé. He will not admit that he made a mistake by hiring a man that had never coached before. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that the team’s value has doubled in the three years since Jason Garrett was made head coach.  After all, it is just a “show,” right Jerry? 


George Santayana once said, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Well Dallas Cowboys fans, if Jason Garrett is still the head coach at the start of the 2014 season, look for another disappointing 8-8 season.


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