Since Jason Garrett replaced the legendary Wade Phillips as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on November 8, 2010 the team has written some of the most impressively painful losses in the history of sport. Joseph Heller couldn't make this stuff up.
How the Cowboys blew a 26-3 halftime lead on Sunday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers to lose 37-36 is more amazing than it is sad. It's really hard to do this, at home, against Packers QB Matt Flynn. Yet the Cowboys under Jason Garrett have done it, in a relatively short amount of time, frequently against a variety of opponents.
Forget his first season when he was the interim head coach and had a band-aid roster led by backup QBs Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee, some of the losses the Cowboys have had under Garrett in nearly three seasons are historical.
Sept. 11, 2011 at New York Jets
Cowboys led 24-10 entering the fourth quarter. Lost 27-24.
Oct. 2, 2011 v. Detroit Lions
Cowboys led 27-3 early in the third quarter before falling apart. Lost 34-30.
Dec. 2, 2011 v. New York Giants
Led 34-22 with 5:41 remaining. Lost 37-34.
Oct. 6, 2013 v. Denver Broncos
Led 48-41 with 7:19 remaining. Lost 51-48.
Oct. 27, 2013 at Detroit Lions
Led 27-17 with 6:45 remaining. Lost 31-30.
Dec. 15, 2013 v. Green Bay Packers
Led 26-3 at the half. Led 29-17 early in fourth quarter. Lost 37-36.
Play calling, Romo, the defense ... it's always something.
With two games remaining the Cowboys can still win the NFC East and host a playoff game. If they do that, Jason Garrett will return.
Unlike the loss in New Orleans on Nov. 11 when it looked like they quit, the team is still trying. The defense is a mess of injury, and the offense can't compensate for the shortcomings that shadow this team.
There are still two weeks to change things, and both Garrett and the team cling to this hope, but the more this team plays the more it becomes apparent losses such as these will likely define Garrett's tenure with the Cowboys.
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