December 27, 2009: Assistant head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys coaches against the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 17-0.
The days are gone of having an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator and no real head coach.
Now, the head coach is Jason Garrett and the new defensive coordinator is Paul Pasqualoni -- and from the way Garrett has talked since taking over for Wade Phillips on Monday, he won't be strictly an offensive coach anymore.
First thing's first for Garrett: Put Michael Jenkins on the bench, make him a healthy scratch, whatever you need to do get the message across that what he did on Sunday night against the Packers and what he's done previously in similar situations won't be tolerated.
Jenkins is a good player. He's the best cornerback the Cowboys have, which is saying something. You can't just outright cut him like some folks might want, but you'd hope a slap in the face would tell him he can't do that anymore. If it doesn't, you trade him in the off-season.
Next, it's finally time to see if Sean Lee can play.
Keith Brooking is old. And while he's been a great emotional leader for this team, he most likely won't be back next year. The Cowboys spent a second-round draft pick on Lee last year and he's been quite a disappointment so far. At one point this season, Phillips said Lee "wasn't ready to play in the nickel," which is why he was drafted.
Brooking rarely gets a play off, nor does Bradie James. It's time to get Lee in to see if he can be a player for the Cowboys.
Garrett is saying all the right things so far. His press conferences are confident, sharp and not bumbling and "ask Jerry" like Wade's were. Now we'll see if he can back up his talk and make some decisions that Wade wasn't allowed to make.