Jason Garrett, Cowboys (2-3)
What has gone wrong? The Cowboys do an excellent job of finding creative ways to lose. Last season, Garrett iced his own kicker when calling a timeout before a potential game-winning field goal was missed against Arizona.
Garrett again did Dan Bailey no favors late in last Sunday’s 31-29 loss to Baltimore. Bailey was forced to attempt a 49-yard field goal, which he missed, after the Cowboys let 20 seconds run off the clock without being able to run a play that potentially would have given him a closer kick. Such gaffes add fuel to critics who believe Garrett is overmatched as a head coach.
In defense of: Although he is the team’s play-caller, Garrett can’t be held responsible for all of the physical mistakes being made on offense. Quarterback Tony Romo is off to a disappointing start, tight end Jason Witten was plagued early by uncharacteristic drops and, as evidenced by his dropping the two-point conversion pass that would have tied the score against Baltimore, wide receiver Dez Bryant remains far too inconsistent.
Forecast: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a history of remaining loyal to his coaches, even if he stuck with several of them for too long (i.e. Dave Campo, Wade Phillips). Garrett also knows that part of the criteria of being Cowboys head coach is letting Jones remain hands-on with the team and command the media spotlight, even if that sometimes undermines him. Expect Jones to continue with his support of Garrett, although that could change in January should Dallas fail to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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