Hey everybody. I was listening to Norm Hitzges on the the Ticket this morning when Norm brought up a good point. We just hired Rob Ryan, brother of Rex, son of Buddy, and a big name in the world of the NFL, yet there was no press conference for this. It was known for several days that Ryan had signed with the Cowboys before the Cowboys even officially announced it. Normally you would have expected Jerry to field a huge press conference where he could introduce Rob Ryan; that's just the way Jerry does things. Norm went on to say that under the Garrett regime, Garrett will be the voice of the franchise. Garrett will talk to the media, and the assistant coaches will not. This was the way things were under Parcells. I think this is a great sign for Cowboy's fans. Garrett is trying to ensure that his message is the one that makes it out to the media, and that everybody is on board with this message. Garrett is starting to help this team form a bit of an identity. Although this will take a while to form an identity, Garrett is already starting this process. This has me pretty excited as a Cowboy's fan, but you have to wonder if Jerry will truly change.
Is Jerry really going to be able to not mingle so much with Garrett? Will he really give him final say on the coaching staff and the roster? When Jerry said these things I was a little bit skeptical, but now I think Jerry will actually change (at least for a little bit). It was very comical as Jerry was talking about all the power he would hand over to Garrett at Garrett's press conference, and Jerry practically took the mic away from Jason, so Jerry could answer the question for him. Oh, the irony. I think a lot of us doubted whether or not Jerry would let Jason put together his staff, and we all expected Todd Bowles to be named the defensive coordinator the next day. So far it appears that Jerry really has lived up to his word, and I think he will at least for this season. This season was a total embarrassment to Jerry. I think he has been in denial for so long about his ability to run the franchise. Well I think this season finally humbled Jerry enough, and it served as a wake up call for Jerry that some things needs to change. I heard this stat today: The Cowboys have a record of 117 and 117 with one playoff win since 1997. That pretty much defines mediocrity. I feel like this season actually might have been a blessing for us because Jerry finally realized something needs to change. If we would have gone 9-7 or 10-6, I don't know if he would have been willing to change so drastically. Remember when he hired Parcells? We had just come off of three 5-11 seasons. Sometimes it takes extreme failure for Jerry to realize he needs to change a bit. Jerry was able to hand over power to Parcell for a few seasons, but once Parcells was gone, Jerrry was back to his old ways. Jerry hired Garrett as Offensive coordinator before he even hired Wade as his head coach, typical Jerry. I think now that Jerry has shown signs he will at least change for a little bit, but I fear that he will go back to his mingling ways after a bit. The best way that Garrett can prevent Jerry from returning to his old ways would be for Garrett to win and win big. If Garrett is able to put his stamp on this team, and we can have real success in the playoffs, I think Jerry will continue to let Garrett run the show. If Garrett fails, Jerry can say, " See I told you so. We tried giving the coach power, and it didn't work. Now let me run the show again."
You know how in sports a lot of coaches and athletes claim they don't follow what the press says about them? That isn't how Jerry is at all. Jerry is the kind of guy who reads everything written about him, listens to what the media is saying, and he knows what the fans are saying about him. As the Cowboys were struggling in the first half of the season, most of the blame was laid on Jerrry. Fans were ripping him on sports talk shows daily. I think Jerry realized that his fan base had turned on him, and he had to change to make sure people still supported his team, and filled up his new stadium.
I love the fact that Garrett will get some power, and I think that's the way an organization should be run. Actually we should have a real GM in place to help Garrett, but that will never happen. Remember when Parcells would say, " If you want me to cook, you have to let me buy the groceries." This is very true. I must caution against giving a young, inexperienced head coach too much power (Josh McDaniels), but I think Garrett will be smart with his power. I don't want him making all the decisions alone. Garrett needs to consult his staff, the scouts and even Jerry and Stephen which I think will happen. Ultimately, I am just happy that Garrett will have the final say and not Jerry.
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