The Cowboys haven’t really distinguished themselves under head coach Jason Garrett.
Three seasons of 8-8. Not a single playoff game. No clear delineation between a running or passing identity. Sub-par defense. And sometimes inexplicable mistakes in both decisions and actions.
But one trait the Cowboys have consistently displayed under Garrett: Resiliency.
After a loss under Garrett, the Cowboys are 17-7 in the following game. A .500 team overall, they’re .710 team in the week after a defeat.
This year after the demoralizing season-opening home loss to the 49ers in which the Cowboys trailed 28-3 at halftime, they regrouped and won at Tennessee the following Sunday to commence a six-game winning streak. And, furthermore, the Cowboys are so unaffected by kick-to-the-crotch losses – contrary to their fans – that under Garrett they’ve never had a three-game losing streak.
It means Garrett successfully communicates a “sky isn’t falling” attitude to his team. Or, perhaps it simply means the Cowboys have endured so many excruciating losses that they’ve become numb – or at least functional – amongst the pain, suffering and setback.
Whichever, it bears well for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Everything went wrong Monday night against the Redskins.
Which, according to the track record under Garrett, means the Cowboys are about to rebound and get it right.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.