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Fire Jason Garrett

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 30, 2019 10:23

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is sticking by his head coach after dismal back-to-back losses punctuating what has, so far, been a season of overall futility. But the kangaroo court of public opinion isn't lauding Jones' decision to keep his flailing coaching staff together.

It's not as if the Dallas Cowboys aren't loaded with talent. While I'm not sold on quarterback Dan Prescott as "one of the best in the league," he's no chump either. He can make plays, and more importantly, extend them to expose holes in coverage.

Ezekiel Elliot is a Top 5 running back, and the tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup has all the explosiveness a passer needs from the receiver position. The Cowboys have one of the most unforgiving offensive lines in the league and the Dallas defense, led by former Seattle standout Michael Bennett and long-time anchor Sean Lee, can be suffocating to opposing offenses.

So, why are they 6-6?

Jason Garrett (Keith Allison, CC by-SA 2.0)

For all the heat players take when they lose games, especially if the tide of the game turned on mistakes and turnovers, head coaches are just as guilty of those infractions. There are stark reasons why Dallas has only won three of their last nine games, notably poor play-calling and errors on the field -- both of which are the responsibility of the head coach and his staff.

But I've also watched the team lose motivation as their contests became more difficult, and that rests solely on the shoulders of head coach Jason Garrett. Head coaches are tasked with keeping their players motivated and at the top of their game, and I think this is where Jason Garrett has struggled the most.

He has also demonstrated that he isn't willing to take the risks necessary to win close games. One notable, and recent, example occurred during the 13-9 loss to New England last Sunday. With about six minutes remaining the game, down 13-6 on New England's 11-yard line, Day Prescott threw an incomplete pass on 3rd down.

In this situation, Garrett had two choices: go for it on 4th down, or kick the field goal. Garrett, as he often does, went with the safest choice, kicking the field goal, even though it was overall disadvantageous to do so.

Had he opted to go for it on 4th down, and succeeded, he would have likely tied the game (contingent on the extra point kick). Had he failed, New England would have started their next drive with bad field position, and if the Dallas defense stopped the Patriot offense, as they had most of the afternoon, Dallas would have been in better shape to score again on the next drive.

Instead, Garrett chose to kick. He made the conservative choice. Dallas lost the game.

Against Buffalo, on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive, then gave up 26 straight points.

Between the lack of risk-taking when the situation calls for it and the failure to motivate his players and generate consistency in production, Jerry Jones needs to find a new coach to helm his team.

The Cowboys are full of talent. It would be a shame to waste it.

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 30, 2019 10:23

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The Dallas Cowboys won't make a coaching change despite suffering a 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day....

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