Super Bowl week was supposed to be a quiet week for the Dallas Cowboys but this team is never quiet. On Thursday afternoon, multiple reports confirmed that the Cowboys would not extend head coach Jason Garrett at this time and would let him coach on his final year of his contract. The stakes in 2019 just got much bigger.
Garrett getting an extension was a forgone conclusion by many fans and media members alike. While firing Scott Linehan made sense, Garrett turning the season around and winning the division title and getting into the second round of the playoffs was worth of an extension. There were reports that he was due for the extension back in December, but now that is all gone.
Adding to Garrett’s problem is lame-duck status and how it relates to his coaching staff. It is hard to get anyone to come be a coordinator if the head coach doesn’t have any long-term security. Then the front-office moves to promote from within, quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore gets the nod to be offensive coordinator with former QB Jon Kitna coming to take Moore’s old job. On the surface this looks like a viable plan, with Moore being a bright offensive mind, but getting help from Garrett. It really looked like Garrett would be the play-caller and Moore creating the game plan. Yet, that isn’t case. Moore is the play-caller.
Does that seem right to anyone? Forcing Garrett to coach for job is a good thing but making his job reliant on how well a first-time OC does at his job isn’t helpful, no matter how smart Moore is.
Though Moore seems to have a bright future and could be the answer to help fix this offense, you can’t help think that Garrett is being set up to fail. They are restricting him from calling plays or having a say in how the offense should be run. If anyone is left to prove why they should remain in the organization, that person should be allowed to do what he think is necessary. Maybe it all works out but in the end this seems like a really bad deal for Jason Garrett.
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