Just like there is hate of Jerry Jones for some, it is the same for Jason Garrett. Most of it is irrational and nonsensical. Is it his monotone style with the press? He's shown that he really isn't a robotic automaton after Bown's death, and more than a few players have cited he has made some inspiring speeches behind the scenes. Is he incompetent? His offenses have averaged in the top ten during his time as a coordinator. He seems to be very well organized and versed in football operations. Clearly, we need him to better at his job, but he has been in no way a scrub as a HC, and it's likely he will get better based on how little time he's actually coached in the league. Why do some have such strong desire to get rid of this coach? Shouldn't he be given adequate time to fix this organization? The only reason you fire a coach early is for 2 reasons...one, he "loses" the team and they no longer play hard for him, and two, the team is grossly uncompetitive to the point of incompetence. Neither of these things have happened.
Recently Spagnola wrote an article on dc.com...
Now, I'm not a fan of Spagnola. I find him to be overly defensive in his demeanor. I think he is a company shill for the Cowboys. I find a lot of what he presents as merely propaganda, but he has been covering the Cowboys for longer than many on BTB have been born, and he does know Cowboy history and has access to Valley Ranch. What I did glean from the article is a good account of the timeline for what has transpired recently. I also got a reminder about how a previous coach named Jimmy Johnson started his head coaching tenure with the Cowboys. The point I'm trying to make is that a Jimmy Johnson, Bill Bellicheck, and Sean Payton weren't forged overnight. Although, they have since reached an almost mythical status that often times neglect all the mistakes they made when they started out. Again, we have a coach in Garrett that has only called plays in the league since 2007, he's going to get better with more experience. We've already experienced some of the growing pains, wouldn't it be a good idea to have enough patience to get to the "really good stuff" after having to suffer some of the bad stuff?
Finally, why are so many people so concerned about switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3? The majority of NFL players have played on a 4-3 at one time. We've even used the 4-3 in some situations during both Wade Phillips and Rob Ryan eras. A recent talking point in the media was how it didn't make sense to convert the best OLB into football into a 4-3 DE. Demarcus Ware was a hands to the ground DE in college, so he can't do that now? What's the difference for him in a 4-3? He won't have to drop into coverage. His primary job will be to rush the passer and try to tackle the RB in the back field. Isn't that a good thing? Furthermore, Kiffin had some options in the team he could join, perhaps even more if he waited. There are more than a few NFL teams that will be assembling their defensive staff once they determine their new HC. Isn't it somewhat reasonable to think that Kiffin has reviewed the Dallas roster before he even took an interview? If he thought it would take several years to build a defense, why would he come to a team with a coach that has at most 3 years, probably less to prove himself? An experienced coach wants to hit the ground running.
In regards to the upcoming draft, what has really changed by the scheme shift? Not much. We haven't added more needs by the change. Our obvious focus before as it is now in the draft is linemen...both offensive and defensive. We might look for something a little different in a DL, but we were still likely to draft here anyways. People are trying to over think the impending changes. I see it as a fine tuning and not an overhaul. There are too many things this team does well to look for wholesale changes. The only other change I see is one at ST's coordinator and possibly at offensive play caller. The tricky one is offensive play caller. You already have a top 10 offense, should you bring in a new system? Clearly, you want the #1 offense in the league, but who do you employ to get that who is available? Is there someone in the Ernie Zampese coaching tree available? Off the top of my head, I can't think of a single available name that would be better than Garrett. Key word here is "available". But I do like the idea of giving more time to Garrett to oversee other areas of the team, especially clock management.