Its been tough for us Cowboy fans so far this year. A team with so much talent, so much hype, so much promise and its being squandered away. Before the season started, I had dreams of watching the Cowboys play in the Super Bowl. Right there in “Jerry’s Dome“, a Super Bowl home game that no fan would want to miss.
Then The Season Started
Right off the bat we lose a divisional game. Then another loss to a Bears team that may be better then expected, but a game I thought we would win. Then a surprise win against a Texans team that looked really good the first two weeks. Next the Cowboys rolled off two close losses to two tough teams. And that is how you start off 1-4.
This team is making too many mental mistakes and something has to be done about it. Whether its touchdown celebrations, pass interference or false starts this team is committing way too many penalties. They are either first or tied for first in avg penalty yard per game and avg penalties per game. There is too much talent on this team to be committing so many penalties. It is time for a change and this is what I want to see happen.
Step 1 – Fire Wade Phillips
The players have to take some of the blame for this horrible start, but you can’t fire the whole team. So first things first, get rid of Phillips. The Cowboys have done nothing but underachieve since he took over as head coach. This might not surprise you, but Jerry Jones could have fired Wade Phillips two years ago and I wouldn’t have been upset.
Step 2 – Make Jason Garrett Interim Head Coach
Lets get things straight, I’m not a Jason Garrett lover. The offense has looked really good at times over the last few years, but with all that talent its suppose to look really good. Now, you’re probably asking “Why do you want Garrett as the head coach if you’re not that confident in him?“. Do you remember when they hired Garrett? Jerry Jones made him the offensive coordinator before he even hired a head coach. For a while it looked like Jones was gonna end up giving the head coaching position to Garrett. It was as if Jerry Jones had some sort of love affair for Jason Garrett. Because of this I’m afraid that Jerry Jones will wait until the end of the year to fire Wade Phillips and at that point he will make Jason Garrett the new head coach. I don’t want Jason Garrett to be the next head coach. My thought/plan is for Garrett to become the interim head coach mid-season and allow him to either succeed or fail now. It would be a shame to make Garrett a head coach at the end of the year when he hasn’t proven he can be a consistently good offensive coordinator. If he succeeds, then great. I’ll feel a lot better next year when training camp starts. If he fails, then we can wash our hands of Phillips/Garrett and go after a big time coach.
Step 3 – Do Not Promote Jason Garrett To Head Coach
Like I stated above, I don’t think Jason Garrett will make a great head coach. Again, he has yet to prove anything as an offensive coordinator/asst head coach. This team is full of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Maybe the best wide receiver corps in football, a pro-bowl tight end, talented quarterback and a great 1-2 punch in the backfield. Even with all these great players the Cowboys continue to underachieve. They should be setting offensive records, not sitting at the bottom of the NFC East. Even if Dallas had the worst defense ever, the weapons they have on offense should be enough for them be a .500 team.
Step 4 – Hire John Gruden or Bill Cowher
Jerry Jones likes to make a splash and this off season he could make a big one. Remember T.O, Tank Williams & Pacman? Now its time to make a positive splash that is bigger then all 3 of them combined. Teams have been trying to attract both Cowher and Gruden since they stepped away from coaching. Bringing in a no-nonsense, in-your-face, don’t take no crap from nobody and tough guy attitude could possibly be just what this team needs. Somebody to tell em how it is and make them work their butts off. Do you think Cowher or Gruden is gonna let their team lead the league in penalties? Doubtful. And if they do, its because we’re beating the crap out of everyone. So it starts today, I am officially on the “Fire Phillips/Garrett and bring in either Cowher or Gruden” bandwagon. Feel free to jump on and come along for the ride.
– Jacob –