Ever since Jason Garrett took over as Dallas Cowboys head coach in 2010, the team has registered just three winning seasons and a pair of playoff berths, but he’s seemingly never been on the hot seat under owner Jerry Jones.
But that might all change in the very near future. According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, “many around the league expect Garrett to be the first coach fired this year,” and a handful of coaching sources were ripping his decisions in Dallas’ Week 5 loss to the Houston Texans.
Garrett took over for the fired Wade Phillips in the midst of the 2010 season, leading Dallas to a 5-3 finish. What followed was three consecutive 8-8 seasons, however, and it took Garrett his fifth season to finally guide Dallas to the playoffs in 2014.
But yet, two playoff appearances and one postseason victory in nearly a decade on the job have given Garrett plenty of job security, even though Jones has been vocal with his impatience and desire to win more Super Bowls in Dallas.
Garrett is known for his kind and humble personality, developing close friendships with his players, rather than run a tight ship with strict rules – a laBill Belichick in New England. But being a players’ coach shouldn’t give Garrett all these chances to turn Dallas into a Super Bowl contender. They’ve been mired in mediocrity for a decade, and things have to change eventually.
The Cowboys sit at 2-3 entering Week 6, as Garrett’s decision not to go for it on fourth-and-1 in Houston territory during the overtime period proved costly. The Cowboys punted back to the Texans, and Deshaun Watson led the team down field before setting up Ka’imi Fairbairn’s game-winning field goal.
The good news for Dallas is that the NFC East is wide open right now. The Washington Redskins are 2-2, the Philadelphia Eagles are 2-3 and the New York Giants are 1-4. The division crown is there for the taking, but if Garrett’s Cowboys can’t make the playoffs, don’t be surprised if the organization finally makes a coaching change.