By Chad Lesher
After 2016, the expectations of the fans, the players, the coaches and the owner are Super Bowl or Bust. I really don’t think there is any uncertainty or ambiguity to this. This team expects to be playing deep into the playoffs and winning an NFC title. It’s much different than what we had hoped for one year ago. We HOPED that we could get back to winning the NFC East again after a down year in 2015. We HOPED that Romo could stay healthy long enough to get enough wins to sneak into the playoffs and see what happens.
Now look at where we are, Cowboys Nation. We have young cornerstone players at QB, RB, WR, C, LT, and RG on offense. We have a very young but incredibly athletic secondary and a potentially solid LB corp. We have one of the best FG kickers in NFL history. We won 11 games in a row last year. ELEVEN. Jason Garrett deserves a lot of the credit for that historic run last year.
But, I can still see scenarios that Coach Garrett may not make it to the 2018 season or maybe not even make it to Week 17 of this season. First, let’s look at what I think guarantees he keeps his job:
As you can see from this list, I don’t believe a playoff berth or NFC East title alone guarantees that Coach Garrett keeps his job. Many of you think that there won’t be a knee jerk reaction by the Jones family to a down year after such a great foundation has just been built. But, here are my reasons why I believe a quick trigger finger is exactly what Stephen and Jerry will have:
If the team is forced to make a coaching change, it is almost a certainty that Jerry would go with a “name” to try to improve his chances to win now. Who would be on his list, Cowboys Nation?
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