An old cliche states that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That about sums up Jason Garrett's tenure in Dallas.
For the third straight season, the Cowboys finished with an 8-8 record, missing out on the playoffs yet again. For such a proud franchise, mediocrity can't be acceptable; however, Jones still insists that Garrett is his guy.
In an interview with Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News, Jones reiterated his decision to keep Garrett as head man in Dallas for another year.
"Do y’all remember a month ago when I was talking [about Jason]?” Jones asked Sabin, referring to when he announced he would keep Garrett. "I stand by what I said a month ago.”
While a changing of the guard at the head coach spot brings uncertainty, it also provides for new opportunity. The goal of every NFL franchise is to win a Super Bowl, which is why plateauing at a dismal .500 record every season shouldn't be tolerated by Jones, especially for such a winning franchise. The Cowboys have won five Super Bowl titles in their franchise history, but they haven't been to the big game since 1995.
Despite his average winning percentage, Garrett has put Dallas in the position to make the playoffs in all three seasons he's coached.
With a NFC East division title at stake, Garrett and the Cowboys have lost the final game of the season each of the past three years, missing out on a ticket to the playoffs each time.
The consistent mediocrity can't be entirely accredited to Garrett's coaching, though. The Cowboys have obvious personnel issues that have led to a below-average defense this season.
Maybe Jones, as the general manager, sees one missing piece from the Cowboys that, when plugged into the puzzle, could lead to more success. Maybe he thinks that blowing up a cohesive unit for the sake of change would be dire for a franchise that needs to win and compete year-in and year-out.
One thing can be assured next year, however: Garrett's seat as the head coach of the Cowboys will be hot with speculation entering 2014.