The Cowboys’ non-story that’s even a bigger waste of time than “Jerry the owner should fire Jerry the GM!” It was screaming headlines on lots of Cowboys-related media yesterday, and it goes like this:
Cowboys Haven’t Yet Talked Extension with Jason Garrett!
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Nor will they.
Nor should they.
The Cowboys’ head coach is entering the fourth and final year of his contract. Much as I like and respect him, Garrett’s done nothing to deserve a pre-emptive extension to ensure his long-term future with the team. This is a make-or-break year, as it should be. Garrett is coaching for his job, no secret about that.
Under Garrett the Cowboys are 29-27 with zero playoff appearances. Why would any sane boss give that leader a raise, an extension or anything but one last chance to figure it out?
We always embrace the fact that players perform better in the final year of their contracts. Why not put the head coach in the same spot? Whether it’s pressure or motivation or accountability, Garrett has to get the Cowboys to the playoffs in 2014 or he’ll be fired.
The fact that Jones isn’t talking extension with Garrett in February isn’t a story. Come December, it’ll be a huge story.
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.