After the Dallas Cowboys failed to reach the playoffs this year, there were plenty of calls for change, including the firing of head coach Jason Garrett. It looks like that is not going to happen. Jerry Jones stated today that while the loss to Seattle made him “sick” and that he thought the Cowboys would do better, Garrett’s job is not at stake this offseason.
Jones praised the talent on the roster, making it seem that he was putting the blame on Jason Garrett and the coaching staff.
But he later clarified that it's "not in the best interest of the Cowboys right now to be considering a head coaching change."
"I know a lot about our coaching staff," Jones said. "I certainly know a lot about Jason Garrett. Because of that, I can very quickly and candidly say his job is not an issue here at all."
Garrett’s steady, unemotional demeanor leaves some Cowboys fans cold, and the Cowboys middle-of-the-road record and lack of playoff success during his tenure has caused a significant portion of the fanbase to question why he is still the coach. For now, it looks like the process will go on for one more season at least.
If you’re looking for change though, there is one piece of encouraging news.
Jones added that they would "look" at the possibility of changes to the rest of the staff.
I think the guy that has drawn the most ire from the fanbase is offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. His questionable play-calling, especially near the goal line, is one of the flashpoints around his tenure on the team. His refusal to simply hand the ball off and allow his running backs and supremely-talented offensive line handle things at the goal line is an issue that is hard to explain.
Rod Marinelli’s name is also one that comes up, although in my opinion he does pretty well with what he has to work with, but there is certainly an argument to be made for a fresh approach.
If you were going to make changes to the coaching staff, what would they be?