Garrett Bringing New Message

When I heard the news on Monday, I admit, I wasn’t at all surprised. The Cowboys have been woeful this season. On Sunday, as the world watched, it got worse. We all knew that this was coming. Jerry Jones tried his best to be civil after the game but his comments about “sacrifice”, “changes”, and “unacceptable performances” came through. The message was loud and clear and on Monday there was triple the media presence at Valley Ranch.

The story broke early on Monday and Cowboys nation let out a sigh of relief. Did you hear what came after? A collective gasp as offensive co-ordinator Jason Garrett was promoted to interim head coach with a chance to make that permanent after the season. I could hear the collective gasp fill the Cowboys fans as they held their breath not really sure what to think. On Sunday, half of Cowboys nation was calling for Garrett to be fired as well, and there is cause.

The Cowboys as a team have been dreadful. The offense has been sad since Romo went down. The running game, since the end of last season. The Cowboys are second last in the league running the ball. This from a team that finished second last year. The defense, the supposed “rock” of the team, has been pathetic, and somehow getting worse. It might be more than Garrett’s skill set can handle. Sure, he led the most potent offense the Cowboys organization has known in it’s storied existence the last three years, but he didn’t appear to have a clue about defense, except how to torch them.

They say that when you are a co-ordinator you don’t get a chance to apply put your stamp on the team or the culture of the team. Well Garrett has been preaching that a lot the last three days. Phrases like “changing the culture”, or “moving forward” have been broken records out of his mouth. But today we got a glimpse of just how different things are going to be, and if his press conferences are any indication, changes are plenty.

The tempo and temperament that Garrett exudes is far different than Phillips’. Garrett is sharp, to the point, and authoritative when he speaks. There are no pauses searching for words, no stutters or even a sense of being rattled by a question. In fact, I think there is a rebellious streak in Garrett that knows the media wants answers to certain things, to trick him into talking about his old boss, but he has none of it. Garrett talks with pace, confidence and direction; something that has been lacking at the ranch for a while.

Garrett made changes to the schedule allowing things to unfold the way he prefers. He gave the team the ol’ “going to work” talk and changed the schedule to start earlier each morning. He demands crispness, attention to detail, and hard work going forward. Something that just did not seem demanded by the old regime.

Garrett also got rid of the table that Phillips used to conduct press conferences, instead going towards a podium, or a pulpit if you will. Garrett has a message, hopefully one that will ignite passion into the hearts of the players and the fans. That message is one of hope for the future. This is HIS team and things will be done HIS way. No looking back only looking forward.

Now, I know there is a lot to be done and his changes might not change anything. He might finish the season and get fired as well, which I believe to be Jones’ insurance policy to get rid of both Phillips and Garrett if he wants to bring in a big time coach. But, time will tell whether this message is falling on deaf ears, or if Garrett’s Cowboys will respond with changed hearts and attitudes.


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