Cowboys Are "Mom-And-Pop" – And Garrett Is Family

RJ Choppy explained why Jason Garrett still has a job

The DA Show
November 07, 2018 - 1:56 pm

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The Dallas Cowboys (3-5) are in danger of missing the playoffs for the seventh time in nine seasons, but Jason Garrett still has a job.


“Continuity,” Dallas’ 105.3 the Fan host RJ Choppy said on The DA Show. “Jerry likes the idea of trying to find his own Tom Landry. I think Jason could be a good head coach in the NFL. He’s proven that he can win double-digit games. I think he can be good coach. I just don’t think he’s the right fit now.”

The Cowboys went 13-3 in 2016. They have since gone 12-12. Perhaps it’s time to start over with a new head coach?

“Jerry doesn't want to start over,” Choppy said. “Jerry’s at a stage of his life where the risk of starting over is too much. Jason is kind of family. It’s mom-and-pop. This organization is run like a mom-and-pop, for better or worse. There’s something kind of unique about that that’s likable. But at the end of the day, they’re not very cutthroat right now when it comes to the head coach.”

Choppy said Jones is cutthroat when it comes to business, but not when it comes to football.

“The whole thing is run by the family,” he said. “It’s a family business. They’re not bringing in outsiders to take over. They like who they have in place. They’ve got a guy in Jason who’s like a family member to them. And they run it not like a Fortune 500 company. They don’t run it like a cutthroat professional sports business. They run it like the mom-and-pop that’s going to keep you there because they like you and because you put in long hours and you work hard and you’ve earned it. That’s it. It’s not based on results. It’s based on just about everything else.”

Choppy doesn’t see that changing anytime soon, either.

“It’s just not going to happen,” he said. “We’re all at the realization in town that the power structure is what it is and it really isn’t going to change. But to be honest with you, what needs to change – there’s just not a checks and balances system. The owner is also the GM. His son, Stephen, is kind of the real GM now where he’s running a lot of the show. And then you’ve got Will McClay, the Player Personnel Director, he’s got a major role. And then Jason Garrett. That’s the power structure. There’s a lot of problems with it because it’s kind of going away from the rest of the league. The fact that the owner is also the GM, that has not played well – and it continues to not play well with this team. And it’s not going to change. Whether it’s Jerry or Stephen, when Stephen takes over this team when Jerry is done with it, it’s going to be the same thing here. I think Stephen really wants to be the GM as well. It’s all he’s grown up knowing.”

The Cowboys have been the definition of mediocre for the last decade and beyond, finishing 8-8 or 9-7 in seven of the last 14 seasons.

“They draft guys based on their talent and not whether their position matters,” Choppy said. “That’s how they sign guys, too. That’s my biggest problem with this organization. I just don’t think that they value the positions appropriately. That’s where this team is in a bind. Their offensive system is so out of whack. Do you know how many times they ran the ball on first down (Monday)? In today’s NFL, in a passing league, it’s a joke.”

The Cowboys rank 29th in passing offense (188.4 yards per game) and 26th in scoring offense (19.3 points per game).

“I like Dak Prescott,” Choppy said. “I’m a big fan of his. I get killed around here for being a DP fan. There’s a lot of people who think he’s just not a very good player. I think that him and Jason together cannot succeed. Jason needs a different style of quarterback. Dak is not that guy. Dak is not a pocket passer. He’s never going to be. They’re misusing him. He needs to be able to move more. 

“They got to do what the Panthers do with Cam Newton,” Choppy continued. “Dak is built like Tim Tebow. He’s a better passer than Tim Tebow. They need to utilize him like that. Let him run, let him use his arm, and let him go. They just don’t do it.”

The Cowboys will face the Eagles (4-4) in Philadelphia this Sunday. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.