Frank Heinz, NBC DFW
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
Jason Garrett swears he isn’t adding urgency to the Cowboys’ 2014 season.
Jerry Jones said it’s not a do-or-die season for his head coach.
Truth is, this season – admit or not, like it or otherwise – will be a crossroads for the Cowboys and their coach. Garrett has now had 3.5 years to change the culture, to implement his system and make America’s Team his team. Entering the final season of his contract, there shouldn’t be any doubt that he has to make the playoffs or be fired.
Regardless of what his boss says. At this week’s NFL owners meetings Jones downplayed the significance of this season as it pertains to Garrett. But think about it. In the past couple of years Jones has bemoaned that “I don’t have time to have a bad time.” He’ll be 72 by the time the season starts and – not to be too morbid – but certainly the recent deaths of contemporaries such as Al Davis and Lamar Hunt and Myra Kraft and Ralph Wilson have altered his perception and time-line.
The Cowboys are in their longest drought ever without a Super Bowl. In Jones’ era they’ve never gone longer without a playoff appearance.
Don’t kid yourself, Garrett must lead the Cowboys to the playoffs this season. If not, they’ll have a new head coach come 2015.
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 writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.