Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry. After two Super Bowls and an NFC Championship appearance, Jerry Jones ran Jimmy off the ranch. Since then, the coaching carrousel has spun incessantly with a sole exception when Jerry hired Bill Parcells to give the Cowboy franchise some credibility when he was trying to build a billion dollar stadium.
Along with foolish choices for Head Coach, Cowboy fans, who are loyal to a fault, have suffered bad drafting, bad cap management and bad free agent signings. Worse than all of these, though, is when Jerry insists on directly hiring assistant coaches instead of letting the HC hire their own staff. What you get is a mixed bag that doesn't function as a professional sporting organization should. A normal org chart resembles a pyramid with the HC on top. The Cowboys org chart fittingly resembles a puppet show with each entry having a straight line to the "GM", bypassing what would be usually be their superiors. This is a structure that has never worked and likely never will.
It took Jerry a while but he may have started to realize this. You see, hiring Jason Garrett as HC was a huge move in the right direction for Jerry. Why? Because Jason was there in the 90's and knows first hand the difference between the Cowboys now and then. So? So if Garrett quits or gets the ax and decides to pull the curtain back on Jerry's charade, the damage to the Jerry's cherade would be substantial. Now Garrett is a class guy, as classy as they come in fact, but for the sake of Cowboy fans everywhere and the long term health of the team, he could talk. Can you imagine the expose if he chose to reveal the dysfunction. A grin comes when I think of Jerry trying to explain in his Jerry way.
Now there is a lot of excitement about the 2013 Cowboys. They have hired a defensive coaching staff that fits the teams strengths. You'd like to think Garrett was instrumental in that decision. One has to be realistic though. Still, if the defense has better health than 2012, watch for a big jump. Turnover should be up and points allowed should be down. With the defense solidified, it will be up to Garrett's offense to not just score garbage points/yards, but control the game. "The Process" that Garrett likes to preach HAS to lead to a better running game. "Better" meaning that the ball can be run even when the defense is expecting it. No more passing to set up the run but running to control the tempo of the game and keep the opposing defense on the field. We haven't seen this from this Cowboys team in many moons. With Callahan calling plays, a first round draft choice at center, and expectations of improved play by the guards and tackles, we shall see..