With each passing day, more Cowboys fans and a few of the team’s former players wonder why the team hasn’t considered firing head coach Jason Garrett.
Now you can add former Cowboys’ wide receiver Terrell Owens to the list.
When asked if the franchise should fire Garrett in an interview with SI Now on Tuesday, Owens responded: “Why wouldn’t they?”
In the same interview he went on to say: “If a player is not performing up to their specific duties, then what do they do? They make changes. So the head coach shouldn’t be exempt from this same assessment.”
The prolific pass catcher has a point.
Since Garrett took over in 2010, the Cowboys have made the playoffs just twice. In January of 2015 Garrett received a reported five-year, $30 million contract extension.
Thanks to stellar rookie campaigns from running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott last season, the team finished with a 13-3 record and an NFC East title. For his efforts, Garrett won his first-ever Coach of the Year award.
This past season, the Cowboys finished with a 9-7 record and were eliminated from playoff contention by the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16.
Elliott did miss six games due to a suspension for an alleged off-the-field incident. But many expected team owner and general manager Jerry Jones to at least fire offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
Instead, Linehan will return alongside Garrett. At this week’s Senior Bowl activities in Mobile, Ala., Jones was asked if his head coach should worry about his job security heading into next season.
His response: “It’s fair of you to ask, but he’s not on the hot seat.”
On the other hand, Owens comments come with a bit of an asterisk. It’s well known that his split from the Cowboys was less than amicable.
Before he came to Dallas, many thought Owens might have talked his way out of the NFL. But in each of his three seasons with the team, he never failed to produce less than 1,000 yards receiving. And in 2006, he had what some consider the best year of his career, when he posted 81 catches for 1,355 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns.
His most famous moment might actually have come at the podium right after the Cowboys’ miserable 2008 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks: