Coming off two consecutive playoffs-less, 8-8 seasons, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made the decision this offseason to make Jason Garrett a so-called “walk-around coach”--meaning that, rather than focusing on calling plays and so forth, he could step back and take a firmer grasp on the team as a whole.
This is year one of the project, so Jones is still waiting to see if it was the right move. But at the same time, he admits that if it helps his Cowboys emerge as a better-than-.500 football team, he’ll regret not making the switch sooner.
“I felt that when [Garrett] did become the head coach, the head coach being the coordinator on one side of the ball or the other (was best for the team),’’ Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve said that, and I got that really as much as anybody from Joe Gibbs.
“But we’ve got a game today that has expanded the scope of things to concentrate on. It’s just more than it was in years past, and we’ll benefit from that (Garrett being freed up).
“The answer is, if it works and we break out of this 8-8 cycle on a positive basis, then I will wish that we’d have done it a couple of years earlier.’’
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