YR, great thread. The statistical approach to looking at season to season, in perspective, for all teams, is always interesting.
And what you're saying about JG is almost exactly what I've suspected about him as a head coach. Right now, he's a much better HC during the week than he is on game day, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. You can tell that he's changed the way the organization has done things, and, yes, you can tell that we're acquiring more talent each of the last two off seasons. He already has 'put it on tape,' though what he's put on tape isn't exactly what people wanted to see. They want to see the victories at all costs, and we've had enough issues crop up (some holes in the roster initially, and then significant injuries on top of some of the bandaids we had in place this season) and it's made that challenging. But you can see what he's doing. And you can see some of the results already. It's going to get better.
I've said this before, but I recommend anybody who enjoys mocking the 'process' mantra pick up one of the various John Wooden. What Garrett's doing is pretty much direct from Wooden's playbook, philosophically. The quotes from the press conferences that get under people's skin, the focus on process, repetition, finding the right kind of players, focussing on the execution of the play and not the game, all of it is straight from John Wooden. I'd hope understanding where it comes from would take some of the vitriol out of some posters' takes on JG. Like with any coach, there are going to be some people who just never like him, but it's obvious what the guy believes in, and he's doing a great job instilling it in his team and expressing it to the press. We'll find out next year if it's going to work in today's NFL or not. I still think, wholeheartedly, it will. I'm glad to see some validation of that in your OP, even if the source from the organization needs to remain anonymous.
When asked whether Jason Garrett is the right head coach for this team: "I don't think there is anyone else that could. I think he is an unbelievable coach. We've responded to him and he has made us better football players, better people. If you watch us I think we play with a certain relentless spirit." --Sean Lee