A while back I wrote a fan post on the Cowboys giving Jason Garrett an extension. I'd like to continue that thought here.
There is something to be said for the way the organization is being run these days. As Tom Ryle talked about a few days ago, The Youth Movement is Being Served. Another aspect I think is important is the trust level that appears to be in place between the Jones family and Garrett. You don't have to be an analyst to notice that there is something different about the way the Cowboys run their organization. It's hard to put a finger on it. We probably would refer to it as the "process" and getting the "Right Kinda Guys." I think all of that is very important. I believe there is also something to be said for having stability within the organization.
One persons career I would like to look at is Marvin Lewis, Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. The table below will show his record and playoff performances.
Some observations about His Career. He started out 8-8 in his first two seasons before finally making the playoffs. After being bounced in the first round by division rival Pittsburgh, his team then went to miss the playoffs 3 years in a row. Culminating in a 4-11-1 record in 2008. In Dallas, you would be gone. Doesn't matter the injuries, the talent, the circumstances, you're gone.
After the 2008 debacle the team made the jump from worst in the AFC North to 1st, going 10-6 losing to the NY Jets, again in the first round of the playoffs. Immediately after the 2009 season, boom, basement. 4-12. Certainly after a playoff year, a disappointing 4 wins the following year would have gotten you fired. Nope, the organization stayed the course, drafted well (AJ Green and Andy Dalton), built their defense into a contender and here we are looking at trips to the playoffs in each of the last three years.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|CIN||2003||8||8||0||.500||2nd in AFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||2004||8||8||0||.500||3rd in AFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||2005||11||5||0||.688||1st in AFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Wild Card Game.|
|CIN||2006||8||8||0||.500||2nd in AFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||2007||7||9||0||.438||3rd in AFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||2008||4||11||1||.281||3rd in AFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||2009||10||6||0||.625||1st in AFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to New York Jets in AFC Wild Card Game.|
|CIN||2010||4||12||0||.250||4th in AFC North||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||2011||9||7||0||.563||3rd in AFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to Houston Texans in AFC Wild Card Game.|
|CIN||2012||10||6||0||.625||2nd in AFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to Houston Texans in AFC Wild Card Game.|
|CIN||2013||11||5||0||.688||1st in AFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to San Diego Chargers in AFC Wild Card Game.|
I'm not arguing that they are a perfect match in coaching careers, but they look pretty similar to start. Jason Garrett took over on an interim basis and went 5-3. Not great, but respectable with how the season started out. And as most of us know, their has been a churning of the roster that has been pretty dramatic from 2011 to now. My argument is patience. I think that the Dallas Cowboys believe they have a good coach. He appears to know how to put a roster together. While the defense still needs some help. The offense looks like it's ready to contend until Romo retires. Not sure we could say that a few years ago. The offense was good, but the Line was horrible. Now it has the look of an elite unit ready to put up some points. Given time, with Rod Marinelli and Jason Garrett retooling the defense, we could be looking at a much better unit in the next couple of years.
I think it's important to note that the Bengals have stayed the course with Marvin Lewis, even though they have never made it out of the first round with him. They have gone through the dumps and been back to the playoffs. Why have they stuck with him. Because they believe they have a good head coach. I think the Cowboys think they have a good head coach also. Maybe the lack of an extension at this time is more of a PR move to satisfy the casual Cowboys fan base. I for one am hoping for more "Process" in the offseason of 2015. Do I want a playoff berth? Absolutely I do. But I don't think that has to be a prerequisite for Garrett to stay with this team. Let's keep building this thing and see what Garrett can do when he has a complete team.