Frank Heinz, NBC DFW
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
Want some clarity on how the Cowboys are going to elevate from their 8-8 rut? Need a clear game plan for 2014? Wonder how the organizational flow chart’s gonna look with the addition of Scott Linehan and demotion of Bill Callahan and the, um, whatever of Jason Garrett? Desire a serious explanation of a system I’ve in the past categorized as Abbott & Costello?
Sorry, but you’re fresh out of luck.
Leave it to owner Jerry Jones to further muddy the murky waters. The same man who in recent years brought you the “Glory Hole” and the “Secret Sauce” has done it again.
At last weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Jones attempted to lay out the framework for the team’s offensive brain-trust for next season. It didn’t go well.
I dare you to follow along:
"There's a difference when you're sitting in the room and as the head coach you say, 'Wait a minute, y'all put some salt and pepper in there,' then after it's already been cooked and you're tasting it outside the room and you say, 'It might need a little salt and pepper.' It's a big difference. One you're involved in the cooking; one you're not involved. Jason was involved in the cooking last year. That was just a fact and everybody knew that. That won't be the case this year."
As you’re being hypnotized by one of Jones’ winding, rambling analogies you never know if you’re listening to Confucius or merely confusion. I think the owner is saying that Garrett’s input and influence into the offense is being greatly diminished. Might be, though, that Jones just thinks the offense needs spicing up a bit. Or perhaps – who knows – he’s just warning us that he’ll wear an apron and a chef’s hat to games next season.
Whatever the translation, I’m more confused than ever. But just as sure that another bland-tasting 8-8 is about to be served.
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.