By Dan Graziano
The surprising thing to many Dallas Cowboys
fans is that Jerry Jones appears to be making good on his vow to exercise more patience. No way can Jones be happy about a second straight season ending with a loss in a Week 17 winner-take-all game for the NFC East title, but Jones is choosing to remember the way he felt about his team two weeks ago. Then, the stories were of toughness, and the Cowboys' ability to overcome adversity and pull games out in the end. The talk was of the way they were handling injury, and off-field tragedy, and of the improved sense of responsibility Tony Romo
was showing with the ball.
It would be easy to forget all of that in the wake of Romo's horrible three-interception performance against the Washington Redskins
on Sunday night, and many fans seem to have reverted to the same old gripes about the "same old Cowboys," wondering why Romo and head coach Jason Garrett don't get the boot. But as Todd Archer writes here, Jones is making the right decision
by being patient with Garrett, who watched seven head coaches lose their jobs Monday and knows he doesn't have an unlimited amount of time to turn these Cowboys into a playoff team:
"We have to understand there's history and precedent in these kinds situations as you're trying to put a program together," Garrett said. "You're going to get knocked back. You're not always going to achieve it in Year 1 or Year 2, but you keep doing things the right way and you will break through."
How Garrett is attempting to structure this program is the correct way to become successful. Surround yourself with the "right kind of guys," as he likes to say, who love football, add foundation pieces through the draft and supplement with free-agent picks, big and small, and you will win.
It takes time, but it could be worth the wait.
Garrett has one more year, or he will suffer the same fate as the seven coaches who were fired Monday.
I think Todd's points are well made.
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