Dallas Cowboys Are Beginning to Show Signs of Hope under Jason Garrett

Bo MartinContributor IFebruary 10, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 09:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys leads his team on to the field for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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We're long from the glory days here in Dallas. Long from Bob Lily, Roger Staubach and Randy White leading the Cowboys to 20 years of playoff appearances. Long from the dynasty of Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith and Michael Irvin.

Those days are long gone and they're never coming back.

I'm not saying that the Cowboys are never going to return to prominence, but we need to get past those expectations.

We're talking about Hall of Fame players who are legends in this league. Tony Romo isn't Troy Aikman and DeMarco Murray isn't Emmitt Smith. The game isn't the same.

Now, just because those days are gone doesn't mean we can't be hopeful the Cowboys can compete again. This is a team with great talent all around its roster, a team with enough talent to be champions.

It's just a matter of executing.

For all the calls to fire Jason Garrett, I find it funny that things seem more hopeful than they have in a long time here lately. Garrett has built a solid coaching staff by hiring Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli and other proven positional coaches. A coaching staff that is frankly built for the long term on a team that has lacked continuity.

It seems that Jerry Jones may be starting to take this team-building thing seriously.

Since Jason Garrett began rebuilding this team, the Cowboys have brought in the following draft picks: Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray, Dwayne Harris, Sean Lissemore, Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford and James Hannah.

Not a bad haul for a franchise with a bad reputation for drafting.

Additionally, the Cowboys have brought in Brandon Carr and Kyle Orton to fill in some legitimate weaknesses.

Now consider the philosophy change this team has endured. Not just from a scheme standpoint, but also from a psychological standpoint. Garrett has preached competition, accountability and a "going to work" mindset.

Through these foundational philosophies, the Cowboys have gone from a team of prima donnas to a team of professionals.

Yes, Jason Garrett is 8-8 in his past two seasons. However, that's a better record than Tom Landry and Jon Gruden had at this point in their careers.

Garrett is still developing as a coach and that's hard to swallow. Yet, as he develops he's also building a championship team with a championship coaching staff.

That's an equation for success.

The Cowboys are finally making a commitment to win and Garrett is the reason for it.

Jason Garrett might not be a fan favorite at the moment, but he's the best guy to return this team to championship contention.