Joe Ramirez over at the Landry Hat has an interesting article today. While he does not believe a winning streak is about to develop for the Cowboys and new head Coach Jason Garrett this week against the Giants — he says Dallas will need 6 wins or more for Garrett to keep his job next year. Check it out – the snippet concerning the Giants is below:
The exact reason Wade Phillips was fired, EXPECTATIONS, actually benefits Garrett. Phillips coached a team that was expected to contend for the Super Bowl. 9 weeks later, Garrett coaches a team that is expected to finish 3 and 13, at best. So, what is the magic number? Two will not be enough, though with the level of play demonstrated by the offense/defense/special teams against the Jaguars and Packers two would be a miracle.
What about a split at 4-4? This would give Jones more of a reason to consider Garrett, but 4-4 does not erase the questionable calls in the past, and 4-4 does not eliminate the outcry by fans for a legitimate head coaching candidate. At 4-4, John Gruden, Bill Cowher, and John Fox are still in play.
I believe it will take at least six wins for Garrett to win the job. There are some really good teams, some teams facing a Super Bowl hangover, and some really bad teams. Wins against the Lions, Redskins, and Cardinals only prove that Garrett is able to motivate the team to win against teams that are inferior. Garrett will have to lead the Cowboys to wins against superior talent and teams that are playing well. Save for the Giants and Eagles, does that really define the Colts or Saints? The Colts are a team mired in injury; without Peyton Manning, this team would be in contention for the top pick in the draft along with Dallas and Buffalo. The Saints are hungover from their Super Bowl run; their offense has looked inconsistent and their running game has been less than stellar (as evidenced by the fact that Julius Jones is getting carries).
So this is the task before Garrett. First he needs to make the players care again (good luck with that). Secondly he needs to beat the teams that were marked gimmie wins at the beginning of the season. Thirdly, he needs to scheme victories against 2nd tier teams like the Colts and Saints. Finally, he needs to find one win against the Giants and Eagles. I don’t think a one week turnaround will be enough for this Cowboys team to respond to Garrett, so we can mark this week against the Giants as a loss. So, he needs to find one win against the Eagles.