Is Jerry Jones going to realize that he has to fire Jason Garrett? I know even you guys are tired of the same result every season.
Nick: I think he will realize that. But I don’t think it’s not going to be when you want it to happen. It sounds like Jerry will let a fourth non-playoff year go by for Garrett. And yes, you’re right about us being tired of the same results. It’s old. It’s predictable. And it’s getting hard to write new stuff about the same ending. Personally, when I heard
Rowan: You’re not going to want to hear this, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. It can be Jerry speak to say one thing and truly believe another, but based on a body of his comments from recently and how he feels about Garrett, I don’t think that’s going to be the result. It’s becoming more difficult to justify the progress being made, but he is the guy that ownership wants as the leader of the group. There will be changes made, I just don’t think it will be at the head coaching spot.
David: Jerry seemed pretty firm after this game that he doesn’t need a new head coach. He’s endorsed Garrett several times in the past month or so, and a two-point loss without Tony Romo doesn’t seem likely to change that approval rating. It almost seems like firing Garrett would be to admit that this team needs a massive overhaul, rather than a few tweaks. With the Cowboys continually coming so close to the postseason, I don’t think the front office believes that to be the case – even if a lot of you who write in to this mailbag tend to disagree.
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I hate to admit this, but it looks like the window for a championship may have closed for this group with the heartbreaking loss on Sunday night. Other than
Nick: Based off my last answer, yes I think we see a change on defense but maybe not anyone new. Rod Marinelli could be the choice if Monte Kiffin is replaced. As for Hatcher, I think he’s out the door and will sign with someone else, even if the offer by the Cowboys was relatively close. I think he’s ready to get out of here. But he certainly played a great game if that was his last one. I think
Rowan: Hatcher’s the biggest name among players entering free agency with this group, along with
David: I think the defense stays with a 4-3 scheme, but it will be under new supervision. Hatcher is almost certainly gone, as is Miles Austin. If anything, Anthony Spencer’s injury might make him more affordable to return, but he may seek a new start. I don’t know how they’ll do it cap-wise, but the Cowboys once again should look toward adding to their linebacker corps in free agency. I think we’re going to be learning a lot of new names on the defensive side of the ball in 2014, while the offense looks likely to return all of its key components.