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Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Looking For 90’s Magic



Jason Garrett is in the middle of his 3rd off season as O.C. with the Dallas Cowboys, and while the jury is still out on his coaching abilities this upcoming season is looking very promising for the Princeton Grad.

Garrett's first year in this position was a smash hit! Everyone wanted a piece of the "Golden Boy". One miserable year later, many in Cowboy nation have lost faith in him and his abilities. The 2009-10 season is a big season, not only for the Cowboys but for Jason as well.

The offensive struggles last year have been beaten to death. The better question to ask when talking about last years team is "what did not go wrong?" The offense became very one dimensional, slow to develop, and down right disgusting at times! This team appeared to only look for the big play, and disregarded what the defense was giving them. There are many feet that those issues can be placed in front of (Injuries, T.O., Romo) none would be more deserving than Jason Garrett though. What happened to all the pre-snap movement by T.O. ? What happened to Romo just throwing to who was open no matter who it was? What happened to the running the edges and then pounding Barber when the defense was tired? While as much as I could twist all of these answers to be the fault of one Terrell Owens (and be correct) I am not going to do that. Jason Garrett was and is in charge of the offense! It is his decisions that caused these failures.

Jason Garrett grew tired of T.O. and his "Getcha Popcorn Ready" crap! This is not a issue that is up for debate, this is a fact! Garrett however failed this team and his employer by the way he handled the situation. The O.C. threw up his hands and tried to prove a point, not only to T.O. but to everyone else as well! The point was simple! T.O. alone can not bring a championship to Dallas, as a matter of fact he holds no more weight than any of the other 52 players on the roster! I believe that while he was not trying to lose games, he wanted to show us all and mostly T.O. that the game he talked, was not the game he played! Therefore the more he talked the more "just throw it to T.O." play book was used. No one can make me believe that a guy with the intelligence of Jason Garrett is so unintelligent that he could not see what was going wrong with this unit!

This year thanks to Jerry finally seeing the light on the personalities of some of his players. Jason should be able to run the offense the way he wants to run it, without some blabbering fool screaming on the sidelines, and in ridiculous interviews with Dione Sanders, and Stephen A. Smith! Jason Garrett can and will prove us all wrong this year and return this offense back to prominence! Garrett knows as much as anybody about what it takes to win! While he was not the most gifted QB to ever play in Dallas it is my opinion that he was the smartest! As great as Troy Aikman was he relied heavily on Jason! Jason knows what the reason behind the offensive greatness was of those 90's teams. It was execution! The playbook Norv used in those years is the same one he uses today, you can watch a chargers game and see the same plays being called that were called in 1993, and they still work! The difference in the teams is not in the abilities of the players, but in the work that the players put in!

So how does all of this have anything to do with Jason Garrett and the way he prepares the team? EVERYTHING! it has everything to do with Jason. He proved to the team and to Jerry that this teams problems have everything to do with everyone working together, and nothing to do with the scheme! Every player on this team now knows and understands this. They all know that the "team" will not put up with dissension! So now that Garrett has every bodies attention we will see the fruits of it. Jason will get Romo back to being Romo, and back to slants,outs,curls with the occasional post route, thrown to who ever is open! Garrett has all the weapons he needs and these are his guys!

While I would love to say this team will be unstoppable this year and will win the Super Bowl, I cannot. What I will say however is that they will be fun to watch!

  • BTreece

    While I agree that Owens’ complaints made things harder all around … and I believe that Garrett did make some attempt to appease Owens late in the year at least, I find it hard to believe that he would purposely tank the team.
    That’s what you’re saying … that he wanted to prove a point even though he knew it was not the way to win.
    That’s no better than the temper tantrums that Owens threw on the sidelines, it’s actually worse that Garrett did it.

  • bags030404

    Did he truly have an option? I believe he was told by more than one person within the organization to “at all costs get T.O. more involved!” now maybe I am being stupid with this, but can someone give me another reasonable excuse?

  • BTreece

    The great coaches in history would have benched T.O. before giving in. The greatest coaches in history would have left the team before letting a player so childishly control how they do their job.
    If Garrett did do what you say, that is a total lack of respect for this team, the players, and for himself. The players won’t forget it, and he’s started a bad habit that he’ll not likely break.
    It also doesn’t hold a lot of weight that he screwed up so bad against the Redskins with 8 running plays the first time around, that was before said a word.

  • bags030404

    I am looking primarily at what happened to this unit from the mid point of the year to the end! Jason Garrett did what any loyal employee would do! He did what the Boss asked of him! If your boss had something he wanted done and you thought it was stupid and would not work, but he insisted on it being done would you quit?

  • BTreece

    No … I’m too defiant to just quit. Instead I presented my case and stuck by it, and if that task was performed it wasn’t by me. I’ve never lost a job for this either. Tough choices are a tough for a reason, but high character usually wins out.
    Like I said, kind of depressing to think that he had anything resembling an “You’ll see” attitude with regard to T.O. I under the drive to be that way, but at the end of the season, who was catching the most heat for the second half slump? Wade caught shit for the Baltimore game, Owens caught shit for the meeting with Garrett, and my guess is that Garrett leaked that to the media. You are correct in that Garrett didn’t want Owens there, and the circus that got under way following the exposure of that meeting has led to Owens being cut.
    I like straight forward … I don’t trust a man that sees games and parlor tricks and new ways to shovel the blame as the best way.
    Fortunately, without Owens, there isn’t much a reason for Garrett to repeat this crap in 2009, so it may not matter anyway.

  • bags030404

    We will just have to agree to disagree! Sometimes bosses can be full of themselves( do you remember the same boss saying anybody could coach this team to a super bowl?) and sometimes no matter how well you defend your case, the avenue they decide is the only avenue that will be taken! I said in my article that Garrett did not intentionally lose games or anything like that. What I said was that he was forced to play that hand! and he played it! Somehow that has been changed to me saying that Garrett quit on the team and the players and all that crap! If anything Garrett has brought the players closer to him by letting them see the wrong! I had many coaches growing up that would use this tactic it’s not anything new! Bill Parcells used it all the time!

  • BTreece

    But you don’t see the betrayal in that? If I was a player on that team, and Garrett had done that, I’d be pissed at him for not standing up and taking care of business. I’d have no respect for him because he allowed me to go out and play that brutal game with passion and yet he wasn’t giving us the best chance to win.
    I hate to bring up the puppet thing, but since you did, I’d rather be fired than be Jerry’s puppet.

  • bags030404

    It’s like this, sometimes my little boy thinks he knows better than his momma and I. Even though we tell him what will happen if he does it, yet he wants to do it anyway! Unless it is going to harm him I often will tell him “Have at it sense you know so much” and he will and what I told him would happen, happens! The thing is he never asks to do that again! and the amount of times he doubts my judgment gets smaller all the time! These are grown men! They now see why he did not want T.O.!

  • BTreece

    And I’m a firm believer that to teach children anything, when not dangerous to do so, you teach them the self-control to not do the bad thing. You don’t hide the markers because they can’t stop drawing on the walls, you teach them about choice, cause and effect, action and consequence … you show them that the choices they make now, dictate the life they lead later.
    So what have we taught Owens? Throw fits, demand the ball more, be all about “me”, and we’ll give you the ball more??????? Doesn’t sound like he was given a chance once an issue came up.
    Big surprise that he was cut.

  • bags030404

    Thank You! You just proved my point about Garrett and the rest of the team! As far as Owens goes you ever heard the term “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Have you forgotten what happened Frisco and Philly with him? T.O. needed someone to prove to him that his way is not always the right way! So Garrett did!

  • BTreece

    But on the field his way has always seemed to work out well.
    My point is that while yes, you are right in your last comment, Garrett lost the respect of his remaining players by playing that game with him. Even you admit that Garrett ran his offense largely around Owens and the problems he caused, that’s not good ….

  • Theo

    I totally agree, even though I don’ t think he tried to sink the team, I think he tried to win games and still prove his point, it just didn’t work out that way

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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