Gil Brandt to Jerry Jones: Time for a change!
Three years of 8-8 finishes, departing with sure-fire Hall-of-Famer DeMarcus Ware and Pro Bowler Jason Hatcher, and signing defensive lineman Henry Melton to a "safe," club-friendly contract has people talking about the direction and future of the Dallas Cowboys?
Are the Cowboys rebuilding? Is this a paradigm shift? Is Jerry Jones ready to change his ways for the success of the team? Plenty of questions abound and a few people think they have the answers, not the least of which is former Cowboys super scout and NFL trailblazer Gil Brandt. His advice to Jerry and company is worth the read…and worth consideration at the highest levels of this storied and once-great franchise.
"Hire a director of football operations." That is Brandt's first suggestion. It is also the consensus of almost all media types covering the team and observers inside and outside the NFL. It is doubtful the septuagenarian Jones is going to heed that instruction. He has stubbornly held tight the reins and driven this ox cart into one ditch after another for 17 years. Don't look for him to yield control now.Jerry has one requirement that must be met if his team ever wins another Lombardi trophy. HE must get the credit. HE must be recognized as the architect and the driving force behind the team's success. He will be damned if he is going to relinquish control of anything now. What if he did and it succeeded? Everyone was right and he was wrong and he still doesn't get the credit he thinks he deserves. The ghost of Jimmy Johnson tortures this man far worse than any of the Christmas ghosts ever tortured Ebenezer Scrooge.
About that quarterback of the future thing…The Cowboys have not taken the quarterback position seriously since finding diamond-in-the-rough Tony Romo, one of the great undrafted free agent finds of all time. Romo is, however, 34 years old. He has undergone two back surgeries. He will not last forever.Since Romo has taken the helm, the Cowboys have spent one draft pick on a quarterback. They took Stephen McGee in the fourth round in 2009. He is no longer with the team. Don't look for them to put a high priority on the position this draft, either.
For Jason Garrett, it is still all about the process…Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has yet to enjoy the pinnacle of success. He has been mired in mediocrity for three-plus years. But don't expect him to his the panic button or become discombobulated. He is a rock, the picture of stability, as Calvin Watkins reminds us in this short but insightful piece…
Will the process work? Will Garrett find success despite the stubbornly intrusive owner/GM? Will 2014 be a breakthrough season, another season of so-so football, or an unmitigated disaster?Stay tuned…
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