Jason Garrett isn't going anywhere. I'm not saying that is good or bad but Jerry Jones will not be making a head coaching change for several years. In fact I wouldn't be surprised to see Garrett there for many years. I do predict some, lets call them subtle changes. I do predict that either later this year or for the 2013 season that Jason will give up the play calling. It's the natural progression. I think that the Cowboys will end 2012 with either an 8 and 8 record with a decent chance for a 9 and 7 record. Mediocre and certainly under achieving. So, something has to be done and making Callahan the play caller will be what Jones does. It shows an effort on Jerry Jones' part that he is making changes and it keeps the coach that he wants in there, in there. JG seems content on letting Jones make the majority of the player personnel moves and Jerry likes that. The Garrett camp is missing something though. I'm not sure what it is though. As an outsider, I perceive that he runs a tight ship and requires that his players act, dress, walk and talk a certain way. But there is no real drive there that I can see.
When you have 50 plus testosterone filled men on a team there has to be a certain amount of in your face tactics. I don't think it needs to be at the level of Jimmy Johnson, but something in between. I think the comments that Johnson made earlier this week about the country club atmosphere is a little extreme (and it's coming from an extremist) but it may have a certain amount of truth to it. I see players not playing like Felix Jones
, Demarco Murray (who I really like) sitting out with seemingly not serious injuries. Perhaps they should watch the NFL Films story on the 1992 Dallas Cowboys
. They should see the passion that Emmitt had when he was battered and bruised (shoulder separation) but continued to play, and play hard. I don't think these guys would be on the sidelines if Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells et al were the head coach. There isn't a killer instinct on this team. I like the tenacity that Rob Ryan brings and I think that killer instinct does exist on the defensive side but not the offense. Jason Garrett runs a very predictable game plan. The first quarter all teams will team up against the run. And when Garrett see that his running back is averaging 2.2 yards per carry, he will abandon the run, making it much easier for the opposing defense to drop back and cover the pass. What he is missing is that 1 carry, just 1 carry could produce a 32 yard gain which will improve the yards per carry to more like 4. In most situations when a running back averages 5 yards per carry in a game, if you take away two of their longest runs, that average sits around 3 yards per carry. Well, because Garrett ditches the run so early in most games, his running backs don't have that chance to improve their YPC average.
If you think through this and the other misgivings that comes with the Garrett offensive game plan, making a change to Callahan could be a positive thing. If Jerry Jones were to make that move I think it would be by accident because he doesn't have the ability to analyze the circumstances and make a logical move. All this being said, I like Garrett and he is certainly a smart dude. And you would think he would learn some of these things and I hope that he does, but you have to start with identifying that there is a problem with yourself. The Cowboys have a long way to go and Romo, Whitten, Ware et al are getting up there in age and I don't think there is time for Garrett to learn from his mistakes and make soup of what he has. So, I think we'll waller in mediocrity for the next year or two then these guys will be moving on. Then we have NO ONE on the horizon and we'll suffer through years of finding the retread quarterbacks and running backs like we did until Parcells arrived and rebuilt the team with solid, quality talent. So, we circle back around to Jerry Jones, Al Davis in disguise and the depression sets in for Dallas Cowboys fans. I hope that Stephen Jones is smarter and less egotistical that his dad. Hire a quality GM or a quality coach and give him player control FOR GOD SAKES! For all of us. At some point, people will stop coming to games. See the 1988 Cowboys. That's what its going to take, and that IS what is going to happen.
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