Does anyone believe Jason Garrett can lead the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl?

As Jerry Jones weighs the question of whether to keep Jason Garrett as his head coach, the Dallas Cowboys owner may have gained some insight from an unlikely place: West Virginia.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 20, 2010 at 9:15 am •  Published: December 19, 2010
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Don't look now, but Jason Garrett is 4-2 as an NFL head coach.

Opie's Dallas Cowboys beat the Redskins 33-30 Sunday, which doesn't save a season from the toilet but serves as air freshener.

Jon Kitna kept playing gutty quarterback, David Buehler kicked a 39-yard field goal with 50 seconds left and Terence Newman made a walkoff interception to send the JerryWorld majority home happy. Which is no small thing in 2010.

But does the Dallas Renaissance mean Garrett permanently deserves the Tom Landry Chair?

There seems to be growing belief that Garrett is the man for the job. Maybe even from Jerry Jones himself.

After a game in which Dallas led 27-7 in the third quarter only to win by a whisker, Jones turned Scarlett O'Hara on us.

“I'm going to only think about the two or three big plays — that stop right there at the end that got us the ball back,” Jones said. “That's what I want to think about.

“I'm going to be like Gone With the Wind. I'm going to think about that tomorrow.”

All this should-we-keep-him debate over NFL interims — Garrett, the Vikes' Leslie Frazier — was clarified last week in a most unlikely place.

Morgantown, W.Va. When West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck pushed solid coach Bill Stewart out the door, Luck said he just didn't believe Stewart could take West Virginia to a national championship.

Isn't it that simple? If Jones believes Garrett can win a Super Bowl, you hire him. If Jones doesn't believe Garrett can win a Super Bowl, you don't hire him.

And here's the trouble with getting all giddy over Garrett. He's being compared to Wade Phillips, who was a favorite of mine but totally lost this team. The pre-Garrett Cowboys were a joke. Now they're not.

But you can't go comparing Garrett to Phillips. You've got to compare him to Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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