I just joined the blog yesterday and am a first-time poster. I have enjoyed the site all year and have noticed that most fans are supportive of Jason Garrett and are pleased that Jerry is also supportive. JJ has not reacted impulsively, thereby not creating any coaching debate unnecessarily at this time. I agree that JJ needs to support Garrett, however I have some concerns about the HC that have lingered since last year.
I am shocked that an NFL-level head coach does not understand how to manage the clock . It seems that Garrett simply does not get it. He botched the clock management during the Arizona game and, after all the controversy surrounding that, still had no clue near the end of the Giants game when he wasted precious seconds before calling the timeout (even Jerry was screaming at him to call TO). He shouldn’t have to gain experience as a HC in order to learn how to manage a game. This should be a prerequisite for the job. As a former quarterback in the NFL, as well as a former OC, how can he still not know how to manage the clock? If he doesn’t understand what to do after all these years in the NFL, then perhaps he just doesn’t have the aptitude.
Garrett’s glaring mistakes go back quite some time (e.g. Washington 1st half play last year, when Choice fumbled. By the way, I never heard Garrett take any responsibility for that call – he let Wade take the fall). His poor play calling is well documented this year with all the blown 4Q leads. He does not understand how to manage a big lead, nor does it appear that he can instruct players on what to do in crucial, time critical, situations E.g. in earlier games, Romo called timeout when none was available, Jones ran out of bounds with no time left on the clock.
Garrett has done a good job to change the team culture, so he should remain as the guy who hands out the t-shirts, and provides some lame excuses during the post-game press conferences. In the meantime, I believe we need to hire a proper OC to smartly MANAGE and try to win games against good teams/defenses. I don't have the confidence in Garrett that he can technically make the right decisions under pressure.
The offensive stats are good, however with all the weapons available on offense, we need to fine-tune this part of the game and optimize their performance. That's the only way we can make up for some of the deficiencies on D and ST (similar to New England), if we are to win against the better teams. I realize it's too late for this year, but in my opinion, the team would benefit from it next year.