Updated Hot Seat Watch for Jason Garrett After Cowboys' Win over Browns

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-23.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has been facing potential termination from owner Jerry Jones all season, but has a Week 11 victory over the Cleveland Browns extended his stay in Dallas?

The short answer is simple. No. 

Garrett's Cowboys needed an overtime period to defeat the lowly 2-8 Browns at home. It shouldn't come as a surprise with Garrett at the helm of things, but a team as talented as Dallas shouldn't have issues with a mediocre team like Cleveland. 

Dallas is now at 5-5 and second place in the NFC East behind the struggling New York Giants, a team barely holding on to the division lead at 6-4.

The Cowboys would be farther down the standings if the Washington Redskins (4-6) didn't have a rookie quarterback at the helm with lackluster talent around him. Unsurprisingly, Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) are a massive disappointment once again as well. 

Despite the apparently good situation for the Cowboys, Garrett's seat is still red hot. If the Cowboys cannot overcome the Giants, Garrett's team will still be a long shot for a wild-card berth, with three teams at 6-4 and one at 7-3 all jousting for the positions. 

While there have been injuries along the offensive line, there is simply no excuse for the Cowboys to have a top-10 passing offense, but simply a mediocre all-around offense that doesn't score nearly as often as it should. 

Not only does Garrett fail to put his players in a position to succeed, he can't control them either. The Cowboys had nine penalties against the Browns and have had four games this season with 13 or more penalties. 

Dallas has won two games in a row for the first time this season, which is a good sign. The manner in which the Cowboys dispatched the Browns, however, is not a great sign of things to come.

Not only do the Cowboys have three tough divisional games remaining, they also have matchups with the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. If Garrett's squad comes out flat like it did against the Browns, a losing record is a lock. 

With a losing record seemingly in the cards for Garrett, he's a lock to be out the door as head coach once the offseason rolls around. If the previous 11 weeks are any indication, Garrett simply doesn't have it in him to motivate his team and suddenly alter his horrible coaching habits. 

Garrett was a nice story, as he showed promise at the tail end of the 2010 NFL season and subsequently led the team to an 8-8 record last year. With the Cowboys at 5-5, a .500 finish or worse, taking into account how the team is playing, is likely. 

Another .500 finish or lower with such a talented roster will spell the end for Garrett. Depending on how the next few weeks go, he'll be fortunate to last until the end of the season. 


Garrett's Hot Seat After Week 11: Red Hot