The Dallas Cowboys once again mid themselves mired in mediocrity at the mid-season mark of the NFL regular season. Another season of underachieving begs the question, are Jason Garrett and Tony Romo in the long term plans for the Dallas Cowboys? Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters this past offseason that he felt that the window was closing on a potential Super Bowl run for his team with the current roster. That window looks like it’s about to slam shut.
Dallas is poised for yet another season riding in the middle of the pack of NFL teams. A sub-.500 season is not out of the question. It’s time for the Cowboys to make some wholesale changes.
First, Jerry Jones needs to check his ego at the door and get out of the way. If he wants to be on television all the time as the team’s spokesperson, buy a television network. Hire a capable general manager, get out of the way and step aside. Had Jones not hired Jimmy Johnson when he did, I wonder if Jones would be in the position he is today.
Jones needs to admit that he has done a very poor job drafting players overall in recent years and put that responsibility in the hands of those that know more than he does. It’s time to admit that this team cannot be re-tooled through free agency, but rather a house cleaning is in order.The outrageous contract handed out to Miles Austin after one year is an example of why this team needs a full-time general manager.
Jason Garrett needs to go. Despite all of the votes of confidence Garrett has received from Jones, the simple fact is that Garrett is not a very good coach. Some great coordinators are not cut out to be head coaches, Garrett is one of them. The lack of attention to details has plagued Garrett in his career.
It’s time for the Cowboys to start looking towards the future and moving Tony Romo should be the first priority. This is not a knock on Romo, although his propensity for turnovers is mind blowing, but rather his value will continue to decline in coming years.Romo now has 13 interceptions in seven games and looked horrible in the first half against the New York Giants. This comes behind his five interception performance against the Chicago Bears at the start of this month. The Cowboys are 1-3 in their last four games.
Romo will turn 33 next season. There will be several teams looking for quarterbacks next season and Romo still has three, possibly four more productive years left in his career. A rebuilding of the Cowboys might take two years, why not draft a quarterback of the future and roll with a young quarterback that can become the franchise quarterback for the next 10-12 years. Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill all have more wins this season than Tony Romo does, and they are winning games with less talent than Romo has around him.
In the Cowboys last 202 games, the team is 101-101. Something has to change and it starts with Jerry Jones. He is no longer smarter than the game and he needs to step aside and let some of the bright minds in the NFL do their job. Admit you can’t get the job done any longer and hire a general manager, it’s a first step.