Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/21/13
Garrett and Jones in Oxnard press-conference The Cowboys recently arrived in Oxnard, California to begin training camp, and Jerry Jones is already making headlines. In his first press conference the Owner/GM declared that Head Coach Jason Garrett isn’t on the hot seat. You sure about that one Jerry? Jones stated that the 2013 season will not be an armageddon year for Garrett, which quite frankly I find hard to believe. As a Cowboys fan myself, you have to love the  vote of confidence your owner has in your head coach. However, it’s hard to stomach the three year hiatus from the playoffs and inconsistent performance. Garrett’s teams have finished 8-8 in his two full seasons as head coach, failing to make the playoffs. In his tenure, the Cowboys possesses a 21-19 record, just two games over .500, a symbol of mediocrity. Yes its not entirely his fault. A head coach doesn’t play in the field, and isn’t responsible for some of the team’s mistakes in the front office. But, Garrett needs to be the source of leadership and must improve his execution skills as a head coach for the ‘Boys to return to the playoffs this season. The owner has not been shy to say the past two seasons have been some of the most disappointing he’s witnessed since buying the franchise. From the disappointment, Jones promised change. He delivered. The defense will boast a new look schematically. And the offense will have a new play-caller. Garrett lost the guy he chose to run his defense in Rob Ryan, and he himself was brought to the Cowboys to call plays. Sounds like he’s got a real vote of confidence from Jerry. However, I believe the changes made by Jones will be good for Garrett, and just might actually take him off the hot seat, a seat the owner repeatedly says he isn’t on. With Bill Callahan now calling plays, Garrett can now focus on the little things it takes to win, particularly clock management, and execution. Garrett has made several catastrophic mistakes in the past few seasons that have cost the team games. Cowboy fans don’t need to be reminded of the disasters in clock management in a loss at Baltimore last year, or the year prior when Garrett “iced” his own kicker Dan Bailey in a crucial loss in Arizona. Not having to invest so much time in an offensive game plan, Garrett will for the first time focus on the bigger picture as a head coach. The Princeton graduate has the football knowledge to be successful looking at the big picture of the game. Secondly, Monte Kiffin can only help Garrett keep his job. The switch to the 4-3 will suit the personnel the Cowboys possess, and they will most definitely improve. The father of the Tampa 2 scheme, Kiffin will help the Cowboys create more turnovers and be more of a force on defense. Both changes point to improved performance and more wins for the Cowboys. More wins translate to increased job security. Strangely, Jerry Jones’ undermining of Jason Garrett’s authority might actually save his job. Jones’ says he’s comfortable with Garrett as his head coach, but I think he’s just more confident in the team after changes he himself has pushed forward. The Cowboys, in Jerry’s opinion and mine, will be improved in 2013. I think they make the playoffs. If the ‘Boys do indeed make the playoffs, Garrett’s job will be saved. If they don’t, Garrett will be shown the door despite Jones’ words. And hey doesn’t this coaching staff minus Garrett look an awful lot like your Super Bowl Tampa Bay Buccaneer Staff Jon Gruden?          
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