Dec 082011
 

Bill Cowher added his voice to the din surrounding the Cowboys’ loss Sunday by firing off biting criticism of Jason Garrett regarding his management of the Cowboys’ final offensive drive during regulation last Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals.

When the Cowboys found themselves at the Cards’ 31 yard line with 26 seconds left on the clock and two timeouts still in their possession, their coach elected to clock the ball rather than use a timeout to set up a play to at least get a few yards closer to the goal post before sending his rookie kicker onto the field.

Carlos Mendoza of the The Fort Worth Star-Telegram attributed the following quote to Coach Cowher:

“I was totally mystified. I heard the coach’s explanation afterwards, and listen, I know in the heat of battle we all make decisions, we all do things that, sometimes, it’s a very quick decision. I know that he had confidence in his kicker.

“If I’m the defense, I’m kind of on my heels. Do I put eight guys in the box and stop the run because I don’t want them to get closer? And if I do that, I’m one on one on the outside? Or do I sit there? To me, you’ve got the advantage on the offensive side of the ball because you still have a time out. You can go up there and throw the ball or run the ball with a ‘check-with-me.’ Let Tony Romo read the defense. Eight in the box – let me throw a quick hitch or a slant to Dez Bryant. And if it’s incomplete, I can still run the ball again.

“So I think in that situation you’ve got to have more confidence in your offense and not look at it as being, ‘Well, you can lose yardage.’ Yeah, but you can also gain yardage. And I think championship teams don’t think about what they don’t do. They think about what they can do.”

Call me jaded. Call me crazy. Whatever you call me, I still have a hard time not thinking there may be ulterior motives behind the criticism of a former NFL coach when it is aimed at a current one.

I remember a few years back, when Cowboys coach-turned-Fox broadcaster Jimmy Johnson had the Miami Dolphins’ Don Shula in his cross-hairs. Johnson accused Shula’s Dolphins of underperforming, saying they had one of the best teams, personnel-wise, in the NFL, but were not fulfilling their potential.

Of course, you know the rest of that story. The Don Shula era in Miami ended unceremoniously and ingloriously and the Jimmy Johnson era began…the very next season.

I am not saying that Bill Cowher is wrong in his assessment of Garrett’s indefensible decision-making gaffes Sunday past. I am not even saying Cowher is coveting the Cowboys’ head coaching position.

That said, I cannot help but arch an eyebrow when a coach still so close to the game, with plenty of fuel left in his tank, publicly levels such acute criticism at the coach of a team he has been rumored to have interest in coaching in the recent past.

I’m just saying.

7 comments
Dan L
Dan L

Cowher has had plenty of offers to coach on other teams, all of whom dont have Jerry Jones to deal with, and he has very publicly said he doesnt want a coaching position. (And, yes, I realize that may change some day) So the accusation that Cowher is only criticizing Garrett in order to take his job is pure nonsense. For whatever reason, Garrett chose to forget about his two timeouts & then ice his own kicker and, based on those bad choices, the Cowboys lost. Poop happens, coaches make bad choices and sometimes suffer the consequences. I would suggest trying to keep the whole deal in perspective but J. Jones has fired coaches for lesser offenses so, nevermind.

Bill Cocran
Bill Cocran

I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since I was six years old in 1964. Nothing would make me happier than to have Bill Cowher lead the Cowboys back to relevance. May be a pipe dream. Hope not. Jerry Jones, with all his faults wants nothing more than the absolute best for this franchise. He is willing to put his money where his mouth is. His ROI in hiring Coach Cowher would be substantial. Cowboys fans forgave TO for disrespecting the star; we can also forgive Coach Cowher for coaching the Steelers :) ...

beesl
beesl

as if Cowher has never made any mistakes....

thespook
thespook

I am a die hard dallas fan but I would like to see Cowher get the job and bring a differnet mind set to the Cowboys. Tough minded "beat me if you can, and I dare you to try." type of thinking.

wesley caperton
wesley caperton

I don't care who disagrees with his decision it is his team and if he wants to mess it up then it's his right,just like Bill Cowher has the right to criticize him.I was a Jason Garrett suporter till this year when he has tried to quarterback the team.He has no confidence in Romo as he was on the field and was in control yet the coach took it away from him and he don't have the guts to say he messed up.

Terry Ray
Terry Ray

Leave it alone, Cowher has every right to make his criticisim's of Garrett's gaffes on Sunday against the Cards. He's an analyst for christsake, that's what he does for a living! I’m just saying! Get over it!

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