The Dallas Cowboys, a franchise that is widely known as "America's Team" sit at the bottom of the NFC East division, having lost every game since the second week of the season.
During that seven-game losing streak, we have had a quarterback controversy, as the Cowboys switched between the awful Brandon Weeden to the equally unimpressive Matt Cassel. We have had sideline spats involving the controversial Greg Hardy as well as his many other off-field transgressions. And we have had a locker room shouting contest between Dez Bryant and a reporter.
My question is simply this; is this really America's Team?
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Now the mantra for Cowboys fans and media folk alike is that everything will be okay when Tony Romo gets back, without him they are nothing and once he is back they will win the NFC East. With all due respect, that's rubbish.
For Dallas to reach the playoffs this year they will have to go on a miraculous run and win every single game on the rest of their schedule, and even then, they have to hope that the Giants, Eagles and Redskins don't get on a late-season roll.
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Now, in no way am I saying that Romo has no effect on the Cowboys winning. Obviously with him in the lineup he gives them a huge chance to win each and every week.
At some point, though, we have to stop hoping for Romo's return, blaming Dez for getting angry at a reporter, and all the other excuses being thrown around, and, for once, aim the blame towards head coach Jason Garrett.
Getting off lightly
The fact that the Cowboys have lost seven straight games is down to a lack of leadership from their head coach.
The Steelers lost their franchise quarterback for four weeks and they didn't lose every game, in fact, they won two out of four games, the same amount of games Dallas has won all season.
When it comes to comparing Garrett to some of the best coaches in the league, just think, do you honestly believe Mike Tomlin would stand and watch as Greg Hardy pushes around the special teams coach?
Do you think he would stand idly by as his players put in little effort week after week? Nope, Tomlin would be in players faces, demanding greatness from them. The same can be said for a Bruce Arians, or a Bill Belichick and any coach worth his salt.
All of the aforementioned coaches have strong leadership traits that seem to be absent from Jason Garrett's coaching pallet; in fact a question could be asked as to what exactly Jason Garrett brings to the Cowboys as a head coach?
What does he offer?
When he first took over as head coach he called offensive plays for them, but he was consistently underusing the running game in his pass-happy scheme; and now that he is supposedly in more of a leadership, overseeing role, his teams fail to do anything defensively or offensively.
Another fun caveat to examine is that since he took over in 2010 they have only been to the playoffs once, even with a healthy Tony Romo.
Despite Garrett's overall coaching record being 43-38, looking at it on a year by year basis proves just how deceiving that statistic really is:
2010: 5-3 (took over as HC in week eight, missed playoffs)
2011: 8-8 (missed playoffs)
2012: 8-8 (missed playoffs)
2013: 8-8 (missed playoffs)
2014: 12-4 (lost in the NFC divisional round)
2015: 2-7 (currently)
Take away the 2014 season and Jason Garret has never been to the playoffs and has a record of 31-34, which to me, is not the record of a coach who has apparently 100% job security.
The reason he has 100% job security goes far beyond wins, losses, sideline and locker room incidents, and injuries - he remains the Cowboys head man because he will always listen to Jerry Jones.
This kind of obedience has avoided any confrontation between coach and owner, the kind that lost Jimmy Johnson his job back in their heyday, and has solidified Jason Garrett's coaching security for as long as Jerry Jones wants him there.
This is a sad truth that Cowboys Nation will have to live with, and maybe they have already learnt to live with it.
Maybe it is the reason Cowboys fans are begging for the return of Romo because they have no faith in Garrett and view Romo as their only salvation to save a lost season.
All I know for sure is that the Cowboys will never live up to being America's Team with Jason Garrett as their head coach.
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