Another year, another heartbreaking finish for the Dallas Cowboys. A finish that includes failure to make the playoffs and a mediocre 8-8 record. This season’s team is going down as the biggest waste of talent under the ownership of Jerry Jones. In addition, for the first time in franchise history, the team has gone two straight decades without an appearance in an NFC title game.
Garrett leaves Dallas with an 85-67 record. In addition, he’s the second-most winningest coach in franchise history behind Tom Landry. Garrett took the role of head coach after the firing of Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season. He assumed the role full-time in 2011. However, only two playoff wins, four 8-8 finishes, and many questionable coaching strategies and decisions over the years tell the story. Overall, the Cowboys got nowhere in the full nine years under Garrett. The decision to move on from Garrett is way long overdue.
Where do the Cowboys go from here?
The Cowboys have interviewed Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis for the head coaching position. The list of rumored candidates also included Urban Meyer, Lincoln Riley, Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw, Mike Zimmer, Gary Kubiak, Greg Roman, and Matt Rhule.
As of January 6th, a decision was made to bring in McCarthy as the new head coach. McCarthy coached the Green Bay Packers from 2006 to 2018 and won Super Bowl XLV. Ironically, McCarthy led the Packers to a 2-0 record in the playoffs against Dallas during the Garrett era. McCarthy’s resume and experience speak for itself. He has a lot of success under his belt. He’s certainly the right man for the job. Aside from the hiring of McCarthy, the Cowboys have also hired Mike Nolan to be the new defensive coordinator. In addition, John Fassel is now the team’s new Special Teams Coordinator.
The team finally has something it desperately needs; a fresh start. The Cowboys are certainly not the dominant team they were back in the 90s. Since then, over the years, there’s been so much potential and talent, but Dallas has had nothing to show for it. In other words, the team has time after time tried numerously to bring the team back to its former successful form, coming up short each time. It’s resulted in many years of wasted talent and mediocrity. In Dallas’ case, it’s all been an abject failure. They can no longer tolerate mediocrity and failure. They need a new beginning.
The Cowboys organization can now start over. Dallas can begin to rebuild and work its way back to success and really be America’s Team once again. The new journey is now officially underway.