Make No Mistake, Jason Garrett's Fate Was Sealed on Sunday Night Football

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 5, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Jason Garrett is not the Jason of Friday the 13th fame. He's a mere mortal with a supportive-yet-determined-to-win owner in Jerry Jones.

And his life as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys was mortally wounded against the Atlanta Falcons.

Troy Aikman's longtime backup must have impressed Jones with his ability to stand on a sideline since he has was hired to do it full time. However, Jones would have been smart to make sure that Garrett understood things like clock management, how to move the chains and that touchdowns are worth than field goals.

Since Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season, the Cowboys have defined mediocrity with their 16-16 record. At least if you completely bottom out, you will be rewarded with a high draft pick. Garrett's teams seem opposed to any type of success, even if it involves plenty of failure.

Dallas' inability to finish close games is wearing out Garrett's welcome in Cowboys nation. And there have been a number of different ways that the Cowboys have lost the nail-biters.

There was last year's contest against the Detroit Lions when Garrett continued to throw the ball despite a large lead. Tony Romo promptly threw a couple interceptions, and the Lions ended up storming back.

There was the game where he iced his own kicker. Do not adjust your computer. You read that right.

Against the Arizona Cardinals last year, Garrett actually called timeout before his own kicker made the game-winning field goal. Forced to kick it again due to his coach's wisdom, poor Dan Bailey wasn't able to convert it again.

That's ridiculous.

But then there was the Sunday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite his boys having to go 80 yards in only 17 seconds, Garrett never had Romo throw the ball deep. If it was his quarterback's fault, he should have screamed at him to throw it further after his first short pass to Jason Witten. 

Cowboys fans cannot be expected to endure much more of these close-but-no-cigar efforts. 

Jerry Jones certainly won't.