Few former players have a stronger voice when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys than Hall of Fame quarterback and current FOX commentator Troy Aikman. So the three-time Super Bowl champion decided to give his thoughts on the ongoing coaching controversy in Dallas.
In a recent appearance on The Ticket podcast, Aikman had some strong words for head coach Jason Garrett. But he saved his harshest criticism for the ownership, who he accused of not letting Garrett do his job.
“Coaching obviously hasn’t been great at times in certain situations, players haven’t played great, but the front office hasn’t been great in allowing the head coach to do his job either.”
Though it’s often been asserted that Garrett acquiesces to ownership at every turn, Aikman presented significant evidence to the contrary.
“I always believe everything starts at the top. And that’s not to say that everything’s the fault at the top, but that’s where it begins. And we’ve got a head coach who we know for 10 years has been saying that ‘We’re focused on Tuesday, today. That’s all we’re working. That’s all we’re worried about is having the best practice today that we can possibly have.’ and that’s been his messaging throughout and the owner’s talking about getting on a run and winning the Super Bowl. And they’ve lost three of their last four. And you’ve got a head coach who comes out and says we’re going to evaluate the kicker and then the front office says right after that, probably at a press conference right outside the locker room, that they weren’t evaluating the kicker. All those things have an impact. And it slowly trickles down.
Aikman pointed to various instances where Garrett declared one thing, only for ownership to make a statement contradicting or undermining his say on the matter.
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The Cowboys head coach is currently 83-65, with only one losing season in 9.5 years at the helm. But Garrett’s tenure has yielded only two playoff wins in three appearances, and it’s widely believed 2019 will be his last in Dallas.
Garrett played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1993 to 1999, backing up Aikman on two of his three Super Bowl runs. So it’s perfectly understandable that Aikman would want to stand up for his ex-teammate.
But the writing is pretty much on the wall: Without a deep playoff run, Garrett’s run as coach is basically over.