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Garrett Mired in NFL's Middle of Pack According to USA Today Ranking

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys leads his team in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-23 at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    I usually guffaw in the general direction of power rankings, polls and caucuses. I prefer to let wins and losses tell me who the best team or player is, not someone else’s subjective opinion.

    So too with last year’s ranking of NFL head coaches by USA Today. Like the rest of them, it’s ridiculous. Why?

    Because last October the ranking slotted the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett as No. 15. Now he comes in at No. 21.

    With a 45-43 overall record as a head coach, Garrett should be in the middle of the pack. But how does he fall six spots when we all know the reason for Dallas’ decline last season was much ado about Tony Romo’s collar bone.

    For what it’s worth, Garrett is ranked ahead of NFC East rookie head coaches Doug Pederson of the Eagles (30) and Ben McAdoo of the Giants (29) and behind Jay Gruden (17) of the defending division champion Redskins.

    This, believe it or not, is the NFC East. Same hallowed division once run by Hall of Famers like Landry and Parcells and Gibbs and Vermeil.

    Another sign the newspaper’s poll is flawed. Chip Kelly ruined the Eagles with preposterous roster moves and questionable on-field strategy. So where does he rank? Somehow, 11th-best.

    Can’t wait for football season.

    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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.