I picked the Cowboys to win the NFC title this year.
I didn’t expect Jason Garrett to be on the Coach of the Year list, but at the midpoint of the NFL season, he has done the best coaching job in the NFL.
Garrett lost his starting quarterback Tony Romo to a back injury August 26 in a preseason loss to the Seahawks. He lost his backup quarterback, Kellen Moore, three weeks before Romo went down. That means Garrett and his offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, had to get third stringer Dak Prescott ready to roll. Prescott has set numerous Cowboys rookie passing records in his eight starts.
So Romo hasn’t played the entire season and wide receiver Dez Bryant missed three games with a knee injury and the Cowboys won every single game he didn’t play.
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Who could have thought the Cowboys could win with Romo and Bryant combining to miss 11 games?
Add in the fact the Cowboys were expecting Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory to be starters at defensive end only to find out both would be suspended four and ten games each for violating the NFL’s drug policy, tell me another head coach who had more key missing pieces the first half of the season?
The Cowboys are 7-1 and lead the NFC East. The second place Giants are 5-3.
Dallas has yet to lose on the road.
Other NFL coaches have done a fine job. Jack Del Rio has the Raiders in first place in the AFC West at 7-2.
Bill Belichick has coached up the Patriots tied with the Cowboys at 7-1. New England started the season without Tom Brady who was serving a four game suspension because of Deflategate. New England made it work with
Jimmy Garopollo and Jacoby Brissett combining to win three games before giving the job back to Brady.
The Hoodie had the advantage of knowing all offseason Brady would miss four regular season games. Garrett had no such advantage.
By the time the season ends, Garrett may not win the Coach of the Year award but at the midseason mark, nobody has done a better job in my opinion.