Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas penned an interesting post yesterday concerning the dismissal of wide receivers coach Ray Sherman, and the relationship between he and Jason Garrett. Sherman is the only assistant to have been willfully let go by the team since Garrett was announced as head coach earlier this month, and not everyone is happy about it.
Former receiver Patrick Crayton recently chalked the move up to “an insult”; other players haven’t gone so far as to speak ill of the team, as Crayton did, over the move, but it’s no secret that Sherman was a favorite among his players. Somewhat ironically, many blame Sherman’s exit on the trend of outspoken receivers--like, for example, the always vocal Crayton.
From ESPN Dallas:
“The two men (Sherman and Garrett) should have spoken more about the direction of the offense and the concerns the wide receivers had with it. Too many times wideouts spoke out against what was going on with the offense, from Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant and Patrick Crayton.
“Garrett prefers his players speak in private about their issues with the offense, which is what Miles Austin does, if he has any, but overall, it didn't happen on a consistent basis with the Cowboys.”
Watkins concludes that ultimately, Sherman was let go not due to his ability as a coach, or even the sometimes effusive nature of his receivers, but because of a simple lack of chemistry with Garrett. This idea is supported by Garrett’s comments on Sherman, all of which rang with praise.
"The only thing I'll comment on that is I appreciate everything that Ray did for us over the last four years," Garrett said. "He certainly did a very nice job for us. Sometimes, you just go in different directions and that's what happened. We're excited about what he did for us and what his future is going to be."