By Austin Payne
After much suspense and many hot takes, the Cowboys are set to move on without head coach Jason Garrett next season. With the Cowboys, yet again, falling to 8-8 after coming out to a hot start this year, Dallas will finally be searching for a new head coach for the first time since 2007 after Bill Parcell’s retirement.
After coming out of the gate with enough offensive firepower to give even the doubters some cause for optimism, the Cowboys couldn’t seem to help but to regress to their typical selves throughout the year. After hiring former backup quarterback Kellen Moore as their offensive coordinator over the offseason, things were seemingly looking up for Garrett and the Boys, but consistency is key.
They started the season off on a three game winning streak against a few rather sub par opponents, with Dak Prescott lighting it up along the way and causing everyone to commend them for opening up the offense and allowing his full potential to be tapped into. They followed this up with a three game losing streak, the worst of these coming to the Jets. Win loss win loss, three losses in a row, and finally 2-1 to close out the year after losing the game that mattered most, to Philly.
This has been the story of Jason Garrett’s tenure with this franchise. He’s become known as the greatest sideline cheerleader, and highest salaried one, in the league. He’s referred to as Jerry Jones long lost son, the prodigy, the dream he just won’t give up on, but it appears that they’ve finally made the right call. This is not to say that JG is not an NFL caliber head coach or that he shouldn’t be in the league, it’s just that sometimes you wear out your welcome, and a mutual fresh start is necessary. Garrett will finish his time in Dallas with a modest 85-67 win/loss record in the regular season, and a 2-3 record in the post season.
This will not be the only major decision to be made in Dallas this draft season and on into camp. The Cowboys have major choices to make regarding the future of quarterback Dak Prescott and wideout Amari Cooper. Sports Illustrated provides us with some insight from Jerry Jones on the Situation: “We’ve got some guys on here that I’m really proud of what they gave us this year,” owner Jerry Jones said. “And a lot of them that aren’t necessarily signed, I plan on getting them signed.”
The Cowboys have already paid star running back Ezekiel Elliot after a brief holdout, and one would assume that they would be wise to lock down his two running mates and secure their modern day version of the triplets, their best chance at future success.
Many coaches names will be considered to fill this role, but i wouldn’t expect an explosive Kliff Kingsbury type hire from JJ by any means. Let’s all hope the Cowboys finally find some sort of prominence, if nothing else simply so Stephen A. Smith can rest a little in roasting them.