News: FWST: Cowboys must defend home turf

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Playoff fate -- and Jason Garrett's -- could come down to finale once again

    By Jean-Jacques Taylor |

    If Jason Garrett doesn't take the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs in 2013, then we all expect to have a new head coach in 2014.

    Hey, that's what happens when America's Team has consecutive 8-8 seasons. Jerry Jones has run out of patience, even though his poor drafts and bad decisions have contributed to the Cowboys being stuck in the abyss of mediocrity.

    At least Garrett's fate will be determined in Cowboys Stadium.

    The Cowboys will end their season at home for the first time since 2009, which coincidentally is the last time they made the playoffs.


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  2. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    I'm not so sure this season is playoffs-or bust for Jason Garrett, actually. I think the organization likes him a lot. If we miss out on the playoffs and there are extenuating circumstances (injury to Romo, problems like we had last year on the defensive side, whatever), I can see him getting a 4th year. Fans would hate it, but I could see it happening.
  3. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    Make no mistake this team must make the playoffs in order for Garrett to keep his job...
  4. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    You don't pay Romo this kind of contract to go 8-8 again. He isn't going anywhere. Guess who's next?
  5. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    If we miss the playoffs and Romo stays healthy, Garrett is history. I don't think there is any way around it.

    If Romo goes down early and we miss, then I think there is a 50/50 chance Jason stays.

    But make no mistake, Garrett will be gone if we miss again and Romo plays in 16 games regardless of who else gets injured.
  6. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    I'm not sure that's the case. I agree it's likely. But if the Jones' family think he's the right guy, and we have another competitive offseason, we could give him another year yet. 10-6 or 9-7 and no playoffs would probably do it.

    3 years is pretty much standard unless the program is a disaster. A 4th year isn't all that much to ask for if you like the direction the coach is going in.

    I don't much care, either way, though, because I think we had a team capable of contending in the NFC playoffs *last* season if we didn't have the injury and schedule issues we had. I think we'll be better this year than last, so I expect us to at least get a wildcard.
  7. DallasJ7

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    Barring losing Romo to a season-ending injury, I think the Cowboys must make the playoffs for Jason to keep his job - no excuses, especially with this schedule. We were fortunate to control our playoff destiny with an 8-7 record going into Week 17 the past two years.

    Even if Jerry likes Jason, he will not stand for the Cowboys missing the playoffs for a 4th year in a row, which hasn't happened since '86-'90. Going 9-7 and missing the playoffs might be acceptable if this were a true rebuilding project, but you have a franchise QB. In this era, it's unacceptable to miss the playoffs year after year with a franchise QB (and Jerry has a hand in that, but he's not getting fired).

    If the Cowboys go 10-6 and beat the Eagles on Week 17 but miss out on the playoffs due to a tie-breaker, that would make it interesting, but it cost Lovie his job last year, and I think it would likely cost Jason his job too.
  8. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    I agree. They just signed Romo for what is basically a three year plan/contract. I think Garrett will be on same plan. They are tied together at this point.

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