Following the loss to the division rival Washington Redskins in the regular-season finale, the 2012 campaign for the Dallas Cowboys was officially over with rookie Robert Griffin III leading his team to an NFC East division title and a playoff berth as a result.
With the Cowboys failing to live up to expectations once again, owner Jerry Jones promised changes were on the horizon. Jones didn’t waste much time to begin making changes by firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Shortly after firing Ryan, Jones hired Monte Kiffin formerly of the USC Trojans to become the new defensive coordinator. The move to fire Ryan and hire Kiffin was unexpected, but Jones remained adamant about the defense being the problem for this team moving forward.
Once Kiffin was officially hired, the question remained whether or not head coach Jason Garret was safe. Garrett has received a lot of criticism over the past two seasons with no progress, but Jones has stuck by his head coach through and through.
Although Garrett has appeared to be safe in terms of job security since the end of the season, rumors are starting to circulate about Jones considering a change. Garrett’s brother and Cowboys tight ends coach, John, is actively seeking other employment applying for the Delaware head coaching job. This has prompted talk of Garrett potentially being on his way out or having to surrender play-calling duties according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen via Pro Football Talk:
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, owner Jerry Jones is pushing coach Jason Garrett to relinquish play-calling duties. Per Mort, Jones also may be trying to get Garrett to fire his brother, tight ends coach John Garrett.
Mort says John Garrett is calling around the league regarding other available jobs. Which could indeed means that John Garrett fears his brother will fire him.
Obviously, Jones isn’t done making moves and applying changes. The Cowboys already have made a considerable change with Ryan given the boot and Kiffin being hired, but Garrett might be ready to leave willingly if forced to fire his brother.
This scenario of Garrett leaving on his own free will may be a stretch, but not a tactic used by Jones that would surprise many.