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Jason Garrett’s Seventh Season Raises Expectations

The of the almost always seems to be on the . For , that has been true nearly his entire tenure. There is a segment of the Dallas Cowboys media and fan base that has been so spoiled by the Championships of the 70s and 90s that anything less than that is a catastrophic season.

For those of us who are a bit younger and/or newer fans of the team, we've seen the flip side of the greatness that made the Dallas Cowboys .

For many of us, Jason Garrett's tenure has been the best run of success that any of us has known. I didn't become a fan until the era, and we all know what a disaster that was. was good, but didn't deliver the high hopes for success that many in were hoping for.

We seemed to like Wade Phillips the person more than Wade Phillips the football coach, and it's clear that he's much more suited for his coordinator role than as the head coach.

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Jun 13, 2017; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett watches his team stretch during minicamp at at Cowboys World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons- Sports

That brings us to Jason Garrett, whose teams in the early going were very top-heavy with talent and had little depth.

Those first three years were quite frustrating. The Cowboys were on the brink of the for three straight years, only to lose in each time and head home early.

In 2014, Garrett and the Cowboys far exceeded expectations and looked primed to advance to the game (and perhaps the Super Bowl), and yet had to go home earlier than we expected.

2015 was a disaster of the highest order. The team was able to hang around until late in the season — despite horrendous play — because of the ineptitude of the .

2016 looked to be a disaster after what happened to in week three of the when he injured his back, yet again, and the Cowboys turned to rookie to lead the team. 2016 was a magical season up until the slow start by the team at home against Green Bay that they couldn't fully recover from.

That brings us to 2017.

The expectations for the Dallas Cowboys have reached some epic proportions. While many around the NFL have soured on the Cowboys and decided to follow the “sophomore slump” narrative, many — including Vegas — have the Cowboys as a serious Super Bowl contender.

Dallas has been as high as 7-1 to win the Super Bowl next February and now sit with the third best at 8-1.

While we all hope for a Super Bowl, the reality is that only one of the 32 teams in the NFL will get to raise the Lombardi Trophy. As we've seen in Dallas in two of the last three years, even when you're the favorite, things don't always go your way.

For me, I don't need a Super Bowl for Coach Garrett to keep his job. There are goals the team must accomplish to keep Garrett and the other coaches off the hot seat.

First, I think they need to have at least a ten win season and a playoff appearance.

With the apparent increase in difficulty in strength of schedule, the Cowboys may not win 13 games again this season. In fact, I'd bet against that. Not because they are a worse team or a bad team, but because they have a lot of good teams on the schedule in 2017.

Getting into the playoffs is the first goal, but once the Cowboys get there, they need to make some noise. Again, that might not mean a Super Bowl Championship, but it needs to mean a deep run to at least the Championship game.

The “Jason Garrett can't win big games” narrative is already out there. In order to douse that fire, he needs to get his team deep and be competitive.

Secondly, I think we need to see some progression from Dak Prescott. There are ways for Dak to improve in 2017, and Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and need to make sure that occurs.

Their jobs depend on the development of Dak Prescott.

Third. The team's needs to show, at the very least, slight improvement.

The spent valuable draft capital to infuse the defense with some young talent. They need to take a step forward.

's tenure has been average at best, as evidenced by the average defense they've put on the field. Known for taking away the football, the Cowboys have struggled in that department.

With the additions in the they've made, the Cowboys should be better at corralling interceptions this year.

With a ton of questions along the , Garrett will need Marinelli to find another diamond in the rough and for Taco Charlton to be a talent.


The Dallas Cowboys look stocked for a long tenure of competitive football with their franchise quarterback, elite , All-Pro , and hopefully an emerging defense.

This is the deepest team that the Dallas Cowboys have put together since the early 90s.

I love the direction in which Garrett has led the Dallas Cowboys and I think he will be the coach to lead them to their sixth Super Bowl win. While I think he keeps his job if they come up short in the playoffs again, the time to make that return to Championship glory is now.

As the saying goes, “there's no time like the present.”

John Williams
John Williamshttps://anchor.fm/inside-the-cowboys
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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Thomas Williams

YES SIR!,,, I CANT WAIT FOR THIS SEASON TO START….COWBOYS 4 LIFE!!!

John Williams

Yeah man. It’s time. I feel very confident about where this team could end up at the end of the season if several things go right.

TreFKennedy88

I think we get to the NFC title game this season, by the law of averages it’s time they tilt towards us

John Williams

Yeah, the breaks have certainly gone against us the last couple of trips to the playoffs.

And the incredible plays made against us as well. It’s time for Dallas to be the heartbreaker in the playoffs.

TreFKennedy88

By the law of averages we’re due our victories

John Williams

Nothing is ever earned in the NFL, but I agree, time for the football to bounce our way a little bit.

Mr. Jaguar

I wholeheartedly agree!!

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