Take the savings you have for your kid’s education, call your mom’s bookie, and make the bet: Jason Garrett is coming back.
To fire Jason would be to fire family, and Jerry Jones is fearlessly protective of those people.
Jason Garrett has been with Jerry Jones for so long the Pro Football Hall of Famer likely can’t remember a time when he did not have his favorite red-headed son near his side.
Garrett made his first NFL roster as a player with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, and since that time he has been an employee of the team for every year but six. Jason Garrett has been a Cowboy for 18 years, all under Papa Jerry.
Jerry has several people who have been with him longer with the Cowboys, but no coach has lasted as long as JG.
You may be sick of the polite, professional cliche sounding-messages, and regardless of how tired you may be of Coach Process, ponder the difficulty Jerry will have in actually ever firing his unadopted son, who is his greatest NFL experiment.
Of all the predictions to be made about the 2018 Dallas Cowboys as they start their season on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers, the easiest prophecy is that Garrett will be back in 2019.
Garrett will never wow you, but he always does enough to stay around for one more year. At this point, his ability to stick and impress his boss is even more impressive than Rangers GM/President and friend of Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels.
At least JD went to a couple of World Series.
JD has a big win over Detriot in the Wildcard round for his boss.
Despite the several risky moves the franchise made this season that have Coach Process’ fingerprints all over them - dumping Dez Bryant, Dan Bailey and going with their youngest roster in forever - it’s difficult to envision a plausible scenario where Jerry’s version of Tom Landry won’t return.
Despite having but one playoff win in seven plus seasons as head coach, Garrett has stuck for so long that Vegas oddsmakers no longer list him as one of the best bets to be fired among NFL coaches. According to various betting websites, including OddShark.com, Garrett is down the list of coaches expected to be fired.
Once again, the Cowboys under Garrett will be just good enough to be relevant and competitive throughout the regular season. The Cowboys will be just good enough to make dismissing their head coach one step too far.
In his tenure, two seasons have made his overall record a respectable 67-53; in ‘14 and ‘16, the Cowboys were a combined 18 games over .500.
The rest has been a consistent pile of average with the hint of Matt Cassel-led horrific.
Short of winning a Super Bowl, nothing JG does may ever top his performance in 2010; that was the year he replaced Uncle Wade Phillips midway through the year and finished 5-3 with a backup quarterback and a roster that had quit under his predecessor.
Eight years later, Garrett’s biggest fan remains the most important one: Jerry.
Garrett has two years remaining on the five-year, $30 million deal he signed in January of ‘15, and while Jerry will question a decision or two during a game, the way the team continues to be built says he has not lost any faith in Jason’s process.
The Cowboys are, once again, good enough to be relevant throughout the season. They are good enough to hold our interests and keep us watching, while we throw things at the TV or consider taking the dog for a walk at 3 a.m. in a rainstorm may calm our nerves.
They will be good enough to sell tickets, and to tease us that maybe this time it’s going to be different.
Law of averages has to work in Jerry’s favor and, eventually, it will be different.
Given how much time has passed and the body of work provided, Jerry would be OK to fire Jason Garrett to look for a different voice.
But given how much time has passed and the body of work provided, nothing says Jerry will fire Jason Garrett to look for a different voice.
So take the savings you have for your kid’s education, call your mom’s bookie, and make the bet: Jason Garrett is coming back.