I'm an optimist, but realist, I think. Sorry everybody but thinking that perhaps even though Jason has been relieved of in-game OC responsibilities, we might learn that it *wasn't* the OC stuff that was responsible for our bad in-game/clock/etc. decisions. We might learn that it was just Jason. Hate to say that, but hey, Jason has been very consistent through his coaching career here. My question: Where would we turn mid-season, if things turn bad, this season, next season? ... No young OC mind for a HC, nor would Kiffin or Marinelli could run the team much, or would you want them to. ... Who would be HC if we open bad this year, or next? I think of why Wade was fired after 13-3, 9-7, 11-5, and hey, a playoff win! .. before the dreadful 1-7 start. Wade was still owed about $5 million on his contract at that point, which Jerry ate. ... (IMO Jerry wanted to begin the Jason Garrett era at that point, since he was paying Jason about as much as Wade or perhaps more even though Jason was just OC.) ... I will always wonder why the team played so bad in the 1-7 start. I can tell you that the most devoted players to Wade were the DL especially Rat. Rat brought his DL and perhaps some LBs around to listen to every word that Wade said after games, while other players were hollering in the shower and didn't bother coming out for the game ball presentations in the locker room, even when the Cowboys won. (Damn you figure it is easy to lose a team, if Wade could lose one after his good record here.) At this point Jason isn't owed too much more than Wade was when he was fired - perhaps a million or two more, closer to $8-9 million or a little more over the next two seasons, so you would think Jerry would eat it if needed. Jason's in-game gaffes kept coming last season, after a year-and-a-half of head coaching before that. Jason's 8-8 records last two years have been completely consistent with his rank in scoring offense since he's been OC - completely average in the league, or a slot or two above. The outliers in his scoring offense being 2007 with way-high ranks with Sparano's designs (and Jason calling the plays (?) .. and in 2010 we were 9th I think in scoring offense in the dreadful year we opened 1-7 - I think because we were playing from behind with backups on the other team letting us move down the field and score at will, once we were down so many points, at least that first half of the season. I'll shut up now. Unlike previous years with young bucks like Rob Ryan who could have manned the HC thing mid-season, I don't know what we can do this season if s*** goes bad. I don't mean this to be a snarky pessimistic question but just thinking that Jason may screw the pooch some weeks on the time clock etc. and cost us wins like he always has. Then what?