The Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity, as small as it may seem, to end up in the playoffs come January. The NFC East has been weaker than expected and despide the Washington Redskins leading the division with a 5-2 record, they’re a beatable team. Despite a rocky start to the season, the Cowboys turning things around shouldn’t be ruled out just yet.
With an offense so bad that it has wasted great defensive performances, the team is actually making aggressive decisions to change things up. Of course, the trade for Amari Cooper has been discussed a lot in Cowboys Nation because of the price the front office had to pay for him and what it means for the team, Dak Prescott, and company.
Although this comes off as a vote of confidence in the young quarterback and the veteran head coach, I would assume that after many years in front of this franchise, it’s time Jason Garrett starts actually “coaching for his job.”
Right now, there’s more than one problem on this football team, but we can’t deny Garrett is a big part of why this team has been consistently struggling. To be quite honest, I wouldn’t categorize him as one of the worse in the league, but he’s simply not what the team needs right now.
The front office has decided to give him an opportunity on multiple occasions and trading for a premium receiver like Cooper is the latest example of support they’ve given him. If results are not shown on the field, it really should be the last opportunity he gets.
Even though there are multiple factors as to why this team doesn’t hold a winning record today, what will change from 2018 to 2019 that should make the Cowboys trust Garrett for another year?
Right now he’s got a legit defense that can match up versus tough offenses around the league, a top of the line running back playing behind a talented offensive line that just had a midseason coaching change, a QB who despite being far from elite has proven to be a tough guy who can help you win games with a supporting cast around him and now, he’s got a great receiver in Amari Cooper that will create constant separation.
If the Cowboys head coach can not start winning football games with this team, then I doubt he ever will. Now, I’m not saying this is his best team yet. Of course not. That happened either in 2014 or in 2016. Not even then did the Cowboys get past the divisional round.
Personally, I still have faith in Dak Prescott’s ability to be the future at QB for the Cowboys, but if Dallas decides to pursue another franchise quarterback, do we really want Garrett behind the wheel for that? Garrett has outlasted many great players during his time as the team’s head coach, if he ends up outlasting Prescott, this franchise may not be going anywhere in a long time.
It’s up to him to make up for a lost first rounder and capitalize on Amari Cooper’s talent and what should be a “new” offensive line to turn this offense and this season around. No excuses should be made for this coach anymore.