Jason Garrett is moving in the right direction as a head coach, his philosophies are working. Early on in the season the Cowboys had their struggles, but more importantly they had injuries, and if it weren't for Jason Garrett's philosophy, they most likely wouldn't have been able to turn it around like they did. With Garrett as head coach the Cowboys have now had two very successful drafts. Bringing talented young starters as well as backups who played significant snaps this year and for the most part played well. Under Garrett's regime the Cowboys have drafted players such as Tyron Smith
, Demarco Murray, Bruce Carter
, Mo Claibourne, Tyrone Crawford, Dwayne Harris
, and James Hanna
. All of whom played important snaps and played well. Garrett's draft philosophy is based on the notion that those who play with a relentless spirit and love the game will continue improve and become valuable members of this team. Based on his picks so far it would seem it's working, his mantra RKG's is what has kept this team afloat through the injuries and the tragic loss of Jerry Brown
The players this year showed more fight than they have showed in the last 15 or so years, the story has been written and seemed to repeat itself every couple of years. The Cowboys would lose a couple games in a stretch and then a talepsin would follow. This year things went a little bit differently than in the past this team found ways to win close games that in the past would've most likely been blown. Yes, there were mistakes, and some of the games in reach they ended up losing, but this team repeatedly came back from deficits in the 2nd half and in the 4th quarter to either win the game or come extremely close. If you all think about it there was really only one game the Cowboys didn't have a chance to win this year and that was against Chicago. They were noticeably more competitive this year than in recent years, only losing 3 games in the NFC East by a combined avarage of 7 points, there were no divisional blowouts.
Through all of the injuries both on offense and defense this team managed to win games with guys who hadn't played a down of football all year, but managed to come in and contribute. Yes some of the credit can be given to the players themselves and Rob Ryan as well, but remember it was Garrett's philosophy that had the guys on the team and those added throughout the season ready to play. They lost all pro caliber players for multiple games and some for the season and managed to against all odds perform well enough to win without their starting C,RB,ILB's,CB,SS,DE,NT... and so on. This team was beat down to bare bones on defense for the last 7 games and yet they managed to get in position to make the playoffs. What more could Jerry Jones ask for, he had a team missing basically 7 defensive starters, and they still had a chance for the playoffs and let's not kid ourselves, they wouldn't have gotten any further than Seattle.
Garrett had his share of issues as the head hancho in Dallas this year as well, poor clock management at times, and even awkward play calling offensively. At times he seemed to abandon the run, a knock on his offensive schemes for years, and some questionable calls in the red zone. Fans need to remember this Garrett has a lot on his plate being the head coach and essentially the offensive coordinator, but his system had for the most part has been consistent and productive. Yes the Cowboys need to run the ball more, but remember it's not like the offensive line was performing well. The line continually allowed defensive linemen to get into the backfield before Murray or Jones could even get a full head of steam. Heck Romo nearly threw for 5,000yds with the 24th ranked offensive line. Look for that to change next year and possibly even a different play caller. Chances are Norv Turner won't be the next play caller in Dallas, the better option might be Bill Callahan, or Jimmy Robinson.
Jason Garrett will continue to improve this roster and this team will continue to build the mental toughness it showed in the latter part of the season. This upcoming draft will be critical for the Cowboys, look for them to add more of the recent type of players, and of course with Jerry Jones talent will be involved. With another successful draft this team could not only be better in 2013 but also be set for the future. The progress of current players on the roster should also continue to move forward. This team under Garrett's leadership should continue to grow and his skills as a head coach should progress as well. As Garrett get's more tenured as a head coach for the Dallas Cowboys
the team will improve, gone are the days of when you could see players actually quit on a play, this team has fight and resiliency, and that is in fact progress. Credit Jason Garrett for those attributes that 3 years ago were nonexistent, this team is full of relentless players that fought, but came up just short.
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