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Unless of course, Jason Garrett pulls a Cliff Lee and spurns the metroplex. Make no mistake, the Dallas Cowboys' interim head coach is suddenly a hot commodity as other NFL teams' permanent head coach. In the wake of a 5-3 second half he has some real leverage now.

How's that? Because Garrett will be a head coach in the NFL in 2011. Unless something nutty happens, it'll be in Dallas. Unless I'm reading it totally wrong, it'll happen in the next 7-10 days.

As predicted, Garrett's positive influence goes beyond his winning record. But it's a good place to start when making his case isn't it?

The Cowboys physically and psychologically quit on Wade Phillips November 7 in Green Bay. Garrett took over a 1-7 team with no compass, no quarterback and no clue. The results? Under Phillips in eight games the Cowboys were outscored 161-232. The last half under Garrett their combined score was 233-204. The three losses under their interim boss? Three points to the Saints. Three points to the Eagles. One point to the Cardinals.

But I'd be stumping for Red Bull even at 4-4, maybe even 3-5. Because his improvements go way beyond the surface.

He instilled a dress code. Players jogged between drills at Valley Ranch. On Wednesdays the team practiced in pads. Clocks were installed in the locker room as to keep players on time. "Atta Boy" T-shirts were handed out as post-game praise. Simply put, Garrett looked, sounded and acted not like a doting grandpa, but a real, live head coach.

"I would absolutely love to be this team's coach," Garrett said after Sunday's 14-13 season finale victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Was it a perfect 8-game audition? Of course not. The Cowboys still made silly, fundamental mistakes (losing, for example, on Christmas night in part because Marion Barber took off his helmet in celebration and David Buehler missed an extra point). And it's not fair to forget that Garrett had a big hand in the team's 1-7 start, arguably the worst eight-game stretch in franchise history.

But in the big scheme Garrett demanded accountability. He took major steps toward changing culture. He won games. And won over players.

"He's the man," linebacker and team captain Bradie James said in the locker room after yesterday's win. "He changed the atmosphere and he deserves the job. He'll help us win football games."

Added quarterback Tony Romo, "I think he's been great here. It's easy to look at wins and losses, but it's bigger than that. It's about coming in and putting your stamp on the team and getting things done a certain way. There were things he wanted to see done, and he's done a really good job with that."

Sounds like Garrett should be hired by sundown.

Garrett, who in the past has talked to the Falcons, Ravens, Broncos, Lions and Rams about their coaching vacancies, has one year left on his $3.5 million-per-season contract as offensive coordinator. After Sunday's game, however, the interim tag was technically removed and he is a head-coaching free agent.

Jones will interview - if he hasn't already - receivers coach Ray Sherman to satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule that mandates a team seriously consider a minority candidate. After that there won't be many interviews, unlike 2007 when the owner brought in 10 candidates before settling on Phillips.

Jones has a fondness for big-name coaches like Bill Cowher and good relationships with Titans coach Jeff Fisher and Panthers coach John Fox. But the owner also recognizes that first-time coaches such as Sean Payton (Saints), John Harbaugh (Ravens) and Mike Smith (Falcons) are having success these days.

Garrett showed Jerry in a short time all he needed to see: That the Cowboys aren't nearly as bad as they appeared. Maybe Jerry's on the rebound, vulnerable to the first passing positivity. Or maybe he's finally found the right man for the job.

Asked Sunday in Philly if the new coach would have input into hiring/firing assistants, Jones tipped his hand.

"That is certainly something that Jason needs to have input in," Jones said.


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18 comments
Northrp10
Northrp10

I been a fan at the age of five and never trade my team for anything we win together and loose together its not the coaches failt its the player and that dam bigg headed ass qb we got the players always getting beat down feild qb is not focusing on the game too many turn overs jerry its not the coach its the dam safty to slow always hurt and that qb to scary to run to pick up yards when needed we need to get back where we were befor the 90s rebuilt fresh legs playrs a good ass qb somebody is gonna give it all he got run and not afraid to take a hit for his teamate u will never get a super bowl if u dont rebuilt better players that wanna win and get paid for there job not a half ass job payin to much money to players thats not 100 and always hurt we are a texas team we wanna see good changes not bad ones every year

Mike
Mike

Hey uh... It's not his fault, but JG has Cowboys written all over him. He's got a Troy Aikman/Jerry Jones mug and a Tom Landry hat. Now, I'm not saying he's trying to look the part... but it is what it is...

Roadsidecouch
Roadsidecouch

I heard Garett go a jumbo sized bottle of silicon lube from Jerry for Christmas

Guest
Guest

I wouldn't say I spurned the Rangers...I would say they spurned me! I was willing to return to the biscuits and gravy town (although Kristen hated it there, the traffic and hot weather were unbearable), but the Rangers didn't want to give me the years and millions that I deserved! Get the story straight, Whitt!

radio listener
radio listener

I couldn't find a post about it, but since there's a lot of sports radio junkies here and Ticketheads, I think some might be interested to know that Joel Jenista, former longtime overnight board operator at the Ticket, died last Thursday from ALS. He was 50. A couple Ticket fan sites already posted about it and did a great job giving him tribute, but I only found out this morning when hearing the Musers mention it.

He was a great personality and I loved his spirited political debates with Mark Followill during the Hardline. He was also a go-to guy with Big Dick Hunter during the Wild Ass Circus. Some of my favorite moments from the show were when Richard let Joel have his own music segment where he talked about any experimental noise rock band he was listening to at the moment and played some of it on the air. It was insane and wonderful. He was a very underrated on-air presence I think P1s remember fondly. RIP, Joel.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Fisher becoming available would be the absolute best case scenario, because not only is he among the absolute best NFL coaches, he's worked for an insane owner (Bud Adams) for years. Jerry wouldn't faze him in the least.

Unfortunately, looks like the only way this could possibly happen is for Garrett to take another gig before Jerry signs him to this one.

No
No

I actually like Garrett as head coach.... BUT not for the Cowboys. He just doesn't bring what they really need, which is someone to reign in the idiot owner. They need a big name coach that has enough leverage when he's negotiating to demand some control over the personnel and has done it before. Garrett may help with getting better results from the personnel provided but he'll only be able to work with what Jerry gives him and even if he did by some miracle get some control over personnel I'm not confident he would do a very good job with it.

Scottie
Scottie

As a teenager I lived in NY, then I lived in Dallas for 20 years, now NYC for five years. So I'm well founded when I say that I will not need to see any articles or discussion about the Arlington Cowboys or New Jersey Giants until at least October.

Davek
Davek

Boy my butt is really sore, I need to give up doing that stuff, but I love it so much. I feel like a bride on her wedding night every time

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

No doubt he'll be the HC. Let's bring in an OC and see what the RHG gets done after a full season as HC. Then, and only then, will we know how good of a coach he really is.

BTW, welcome back.

Rooster
Rooster

Meh.

If RHG managed to win 3-4 games, Jerrah could sell it to his season ticket holders and keep the puppet he wanted.

This is so nothing new.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Find another photo for Garrett, you've beat that dead horse into a bloody pulp.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Thank you for that touching off-mic tribute.

Scottie
Scottie

wtf? What is your question? I think I'm pretty clear here - until either the Giants or Cowboys are 5-0 or better this October, who cares?? I have better things to do than watch this crap. As far as location - the Cowboys left Dallas in 1962 and I can't even remember when the Giants went to the bog over in Jersey.

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