|What Identity is Garret Cooking?|
The Cowboys have been trotting out a new identity each season, and with the many faces the Dallas Cowboys have been showing over the last few years combined with the inability to show the same face two times in a row, the identity I most associate with this team at this time is "Sybil", referencing the famous case that most remember as multiple personality disorder. Let me illustrate further.
2009 - Not Ready for Prime Time Players: Wade Phillips, 1st in NFC East, 11-5
Beat the Eagles in the Wild Card then received a 34-3 beat down by the Vikings. This team had the talent but was not a good mix of youth, age or leadership.
2010 - Grumpy Old Men: Wade Phillips, 3rd in NFC East, 6-10
The players lost the games and the Coach lost the players. Old, slow and full of distractions (Terrell Owens), this team was a such a soap opera "As the World Turns" is also an option. An embarrassment, this era was terminated.
2011 - Dazed and Confused: Jason Garrett, 3rd in NFC East, 8-8
New defensive coach and philosophy, new offensive line coach and philosophy, salary cap hell and years of missed draft picks were all brought under shaky control as the team learned on the fly in the CBA shortened season. Opportunity was there, it went unrealized.
2012 - Little Engine That Couldn't: 3rd in NFC East, 8-8
Everyone talked the right talk and half the time they walked the walk. The other half of the time they were trying to find somebody who could walk. Injuries are never an excuse. That being said to not recognize one of the all time great injury runs is not being realistic. This teams chances were located in the training room, yet it never gave up. Right up until they were beaten (again) in the last game.
2013 - Sybil: Jason Garret, 1st in NFC East, 2-2
This is a team with many faces. Game one was a team winning as a team. Game two was a team losing as a team. Game three was a team dominating as a team. Game four was game two in a different city.
Landry had several iterations of "Dooms Day" as well as the moniker "America's Team" to work with. He ran "finesse" teams, had 20 consecutive winning seasons and two Super Bowl victories. His teams had a clear identity. Jimmy Johnson created a rebirth of "Dooms Day" and "The Triplets". He brought home Lombardi's with them. His teams had a clear identity. It takes time, scheme specific talent, coaches and consistency to create a great team. Garrett has been imprinting more and more of himself on this team over time. Can he last long enough to give this team an identity? One that the Cowboys can win with? Or will Jerry ultimately decide that time has run out and he needs a new psychiatrist, er I mean coach? I think Garret can win given time. I believe he has to do better than 8-8 this year in order to get that time.
What say you Cowboys Nation?
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