Jason Garrett has been under fire at various times during his tenure as the Dallas Cowboys head coach. In fact, it has often seemed as if Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was the only thing standing between Garrett and the unemployment line.
Then, in 2016, the Cowboys zoomed to a 13-3 record and, for the most part, that took the heat off Garrett. On cue, the 2017 season was a flop for Dallas in missing the playoffs and, according to legendary running back Emmitt Smith, 2018 may be Garrett’s last if the results are not different.
Smith joined ESPN’s First Take this week and said the following about Garrett’s future.
“I think Jason has what it takes. I do. But I think this is his last year with the Dallas Cowboys if he doesn’t get it right, because he’s had everything else supporting his case. I think people want more. I think Jerry actually wants more, and if you want to get more, you may have to do some things that you don’t necessarily want to do.”
None of this is necessarily new ground, but Smith’s words mean a great deal in Dallas, especially given the career he put together for the franchise.
With Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and immense expectations, Jason Garrett’s future may indeed be tied to 2018. That isn’t to say he can’t lead the team to success but, if he doesn’t, look out.