Smash Mouth Vs. Finesse - Garrett/Jones
One of the biggest slurs about the Cowboys of the 70's, and an excuse made by every talking head back then was Dallas was a finesse team.
Many times over it was expressed that the reason Pittsburgh beat them in Super Bowls was the Steelers were a tough minded, smash mouth team. The press saw Roger and company as a team that could be intimidated on the football field. To be sure, when they were on a semi level playing field with another team that didn't intimidate, they could work their theatrics and win.
But when it came to facing off with the real maulers, they got pushed aside. They could not hang.
Jimmy came in and changed that mindset. The early 90's teams were tough and tough-minded. Because the coach stayed on their butts until they were. They became the maulers of that era, and for the most part, some of their success against Steve Young and the 9ers could be attributed to them not being finesse.
Garrett is a finesse coach. Jones, who has his say, perhaps doesn't get this concept. The team has become a pass happy, forget the running game team that gets manhandled by tougher teams.
Like the Cowboys of the 70's they do win at times. Not as much, but some. And they do pull off some amazing games, mostly because Romo is throwing the ball a lot when he has time.
But if I were to encapsulate what I think Jason Garrett is, I would say a less talented Andy Reid. A pass happy buck-a-roo that ignores smash mouth on offense.
I do not think Garrett has much involvement in defense. It seems like the time he has spent here is hallmarked by an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator, and one of them gets to wear the captain hat.
Now Garrett may find his stride as an organizer. But my personal belief, regardless of demeanor is that Garrett isn't the type of coach that intimidates. I don't see him barking at players or coaches.
And I truly believe this game is a game of intimidation, and that flows throughout the team, from Rowdy to the GM.
That is what this team lacks. Putting the fear into the other team.
And this is why I think Garrett will ultimately continue on his quest to the middle of the pack.
Now I also believe that head coaches, or any coaches are handcuffed by the players they have. As evidenced in the Jimmy era that segued into the Switzer era.
Jimmy built that team and they won. Switzer ate hotdogs and made jokes, but the team still won because of the players. So some of Garrett's problems are created by talent selection.
And regardless of the running debate, Jerry is the GM and that falls on him, even if he is the titular head.
Bring in a good DC. Make the change to the 4-3. But expecting someone like Lovie will teach these guys turnovers is like expecting Michael Irvin to teach the Kevin OhNo-gletree how to play WR at a pro-bowl level.
Not gonna happen, G.I.
But the common denominator here in Dallas is Garrett is soft, and the team is soft, and that will not change until you hire tougher players, and a coach that will enforce his will on them to punch back when they get punched.
Just my opinion.
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