The Cowboys are off to a rocky start to the season, and talk about Jason Garrett’s hot seat has started again.
Here’s what the Cowboys, SportsDay’s experts and some national media are saying about Garrett. We’ll continue to update this post throughout the season.
What SportsDay’s experts are saying
Cowboys insider David Moore: “This tepid endorsement of a man who has called plays since his arrival in 2014 speaks more to Garrett’s uncertain fate than it does to a loss of confidence in the offensive coordinator. It’s a clear signal that Garrett and his coaching staff are aware of what’s at stake in these final eight games.
“… Garrett has reached the stage where there’s no downside for him to take over the play calling. It could be the only move left to make that keeps him around if the team loses Sunday night.
That’s why “right now” is as far as Garrett is willing to go when it comes to Linehan calling plays.”
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Cowboys insider Jon Machota: “I think Jason Garrett will be the Cowboys’ head coach through this season. I just don’t see Jerry Jones firing him mid-season. I put Jason in a small group of people that Jerry Jones considers as almost like a family member. Tony Romo is in that group. Jason Witten also. If things continue heading in this direction, though, I believe Jerry will fire Jason at the end of the year. I don’t see any way Jason Garrett will keep his job if the team finishes 6-10.”
SportsDay columnist Kevin Sherrington: “Losing at JerryWorld to Tennessee 28-14 before 90,466 should have been incomprehensible for a team supposedly all in after giving up a first-round draft choice for Amari Cooper and firing a coach in the bye week.
“Firing coaches should get to be a habit for Jerry Jones.
“Pick a coach. Any coach.
“Start with Jason Garrett.”
SportsDay contributor Newy Scruggs: “I think the Titans game will be the contest that can look back on that spelled the end of the Jason Garrett era.
“The Titans were a 3-4 club and Dallas had two weeks to get ready and laid an egg on national TV. The home crowd booed the team. Owner Jerry Jones was upset in his luxury box and was at a loss to explain how his Cowboys looked so bad against the NFL’s 30th ranked offense of Tennessee.”
SportsDay contributor Matt Mosley: “If Monday’s performance was indicative of what the Cowboys have become, Jason Garrett should get an early jump on securing next year’s World Series tickets. Dodger Dogs all around, this is a dead coach walking.
“… The only saving grace for this team had been that it played reasonably well at home. That fell by the wayside Monday as the Titans dominated the second half in every way.”
What the national media is saying
ESPN’s Will Cain to SportsDay: “This thing isn’t going to change and it’s not going to go in the right direction under this leadership. … The reason this needs to be done now and why it is time sensitive is whatever hope, whatever expectations we have for Dak Prescott, we have to find out immediately. And I don’t think we will find out under the leadership of Garrett and (offensive coordinator) Scott Linehan.”
Will Brinson, CBS: “In other words, the Cowboys’ season hangs in the balance right now and whatever Jerry Jones says is irrelevant if the team keeps losing. He’s said he won’t fire someone before [Wade Phillips] and he did it anyway. Words won’t stop him from making a change this time around either.”
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith with former Cowboy Darren Woodson:
“I love Jason Garrett. He was a teammate of mine, but we have to get out of this mix. … I think it’s that time where we really have to start taking ahard look at the direction of this organization.” — Woodson
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