The Dallas Cowboys Star brings with it some lofty expectations. Just ask the recently retired Tony Romo. The man literally broke his back in the name of America's Team, and some people remain unsatisfied. The latest act of disrespect concerning a Dallas Cowboys quarterback is a former one, who serves as the team's Head Coach. Jason Garrett is being disrespected by the national media, and it's not even being done intelligently.
Pete Prisco of CBS is a fantastic NFL analyst. He's been in the game for a long time and has accomplished a lot throughout his career. On Wednesday Mr. Prisco decided to rank every Head Coach across the National Football League, and where he slotted Jason Garrett is questionable at best.
Before I reveal what can only be logically explained as an accident, let me remind you that Jason Garrett won Coach of the Year. This is literally an award that is given to what the voters, educated folks presumably, believe is the best coach in football for that particular season.
The Apparent Top Half Of Coaches In The NFL
Here's how Pete Prisco thinks the top half of NFL coaches shakes out:
- Bill Belichick, New England Patriots.
- Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers.
- Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs.
- Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks.
- Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints.
- John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens.
- Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins.
- Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals.
- Bill O'Brien, Houston Texans.
- Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts.
- Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons.
- Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings.
- John Fox, Chicago Bears.
- Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals.
- Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers.
You'll notice, you of high perception, that this is the Top 16 coaches in the NFL (through the eyes of CBS' Pete Prisco). 16 out of 32 is half, for those of you keeping score at home. You'll also notice that Jason Garrett - 2016 NFL Coach of the Year - is absent from this list. Yes, seriously.
What... on... earth... how... is... this... possible???
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that Jason Garrett is better than Bill Belichick, because I'm not insanely stupid (leaving Jason Garrett out of the top half is this same type of stupidity, though). I'm also not going to sit here and tell you that he's better than Mike McCarthy, Andy Reid, Pete Carroll, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton (it's closer than people think, though), or John Harbaugh.
Jason Garrett is not the best coach in the NFL. He's not even a top seven coach in the NFL by our own admission here. But if you're going to sit here and tell me that Adam Gase, current day John Fox, almost-fired Chuck Pagano, and Mike Zimmer are better than Jason Garrett than I'm going to think that you wrote this with your feet.
Jason Garrett's Last Three Years Are Unparalleled
In 2014 Jason Garrett led the Dallas Cowboys to a 12-4 record with a quarterback (Tony Romo) who challenged for the league's Most Valuable Player Award and a running back (DeMarco Murray) that led the league in rushing.
In 2016 Jason Garrett led the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record with a quarterback (you know, a rookie named Dak Prescott) who challenged for the league's Most Valuable Player Award and a running back (Ezekiel Elliott... also a rookie, no big deal) that led the league in rushing.
Jason Garrett did that in a span of three seasons! That's unreal! ADAM GASE?! SERIOUSLY?
This doesn't need to turn into a slight against other Head Coaches, because I like Adam Gase and Chuck Pagano. But I also have a brain, and it cannot comprehend the notion that anyone could possibly read Jason Garrett's resume and put him below either one of them or a handful of others.
Where Should Jason Garrett Rank Among NFL Head Coaches?
Jason Garrett has, through six seasons, only finished with a below .500 record once. Once! One is also the same amount of seasons that Adam Gase has been a Head Coach!
An argument can be made for Atlanta's Dan Quinn, Arizona's Bruce Arians, Carolina's Ron Rivera, and perhaps Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis to rightfully (and more importantly, logically) be ahead of Jason Garrett. This means that Jason Garrett is hovering right around the Top 10 mark across NFL Head Coaches, and he's certainly without a doubt part of the top half.
Apparently going 13-3 after losing your starting quarterback, left tackle, left guard, wide receiver, middle linebacker, cornerback, and a whole lot of other obstacles isn't enough to warrant top half consideration among your peers. Maybe if you do it with rookies you can... oh wait. This isn't even disrespect towards Jason Garrett, this is a flat out inability to measure things objectively against one another. Adam Gase!
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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