By Adam Collins
It seems like it doesn’t matter what Jason Garrett does for the rest of his coaching career because he will always be judged on his run of 8-8 seasons. Those teams couldn’t even kiss the ground the current team walks on. Those were the years where Sean Lee was always banged up with some sort of injury and our offense was all Romo and Dez, when they weren’t hurt, and not a good O-line. Yes, Garrett has had a rough coaching past but I’m going to tell you why he deserves way more credit than he gets.
About this time last year, Jason Garrett took a trip up to Columbus, Ohio to have one of the Cowboys draft prospects workout for him. The man Garrett watched that day was named Ezekiel Elliott. You know, the guy who led the NFL in most rushing stat categories as a rookie. Many people will say the decision to draft Zeke was all Jerry Jones, but Jerry didn’t make the tip up to Ohio State to see Zeke in person, Jason Garrett did. The Cowboys entire draft class in 2016 could be arguably the best Cowboys draft class of all-time and Garrett had a huge part in each guy they selected.
Somehow the Cowboys go 13-3 in the regular season this year and many people said, “Oh that was just Dak and Zeke, Garrett’s not a good coach.” Come on. Jason Garrett helped this team improve from 4-12 to 13-3 with guys fresh out of college. Because of this, Garrett earned the PWFA NFL Coach of the Year and NFC East Coach of the Year. Again, many people knocked Jason saying he didn’t deserve the awards. Improving a team by 9 wins and winning the NFC East in one year certainly deserves something. Also, it’s obvious that Jason hasn’t had the best success in the Playoffs but he’s also not had much experience at all in the postseason. I think Garrett and the ‘Boys have learned their lesson after this last one and they all gained much needed Playoff experience.
Garrett recently said he wants his Dallas Cowboys team to use their disappointment from this year as fuel for next season. If you’ve watched any of the videos the @DallasCowboys twitter account posts from inside the locker room, you’d see who Jason Garrett truly is. Jason is a coach who illustrates a love for the game and his players. He shows passion and drive. That is who I want to lead my Dallas Cowboys nest season.
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