- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here’s what Steele had to say:
One will always wonder how Garrett would do out from under Jerry Jones, as something other than the owner’s hand-picked golden child -- or with a roster only half as bizarrely constructed as the Cowboys’ usually is. On the other hand, coaching the Cowboys has always meant living up to outsized expectations, and Garrett hasn’t even come close so far.
All of the 22 coaches ahead of Garrett made the playoffs if we’re counting Bruce Arians' work as the Indianapolis Colts’ interim coach in 2012. Arians went 10-6 in his first year with the Arizona Cardinals last season but did not qualify for the postseason.
Garrett has a 29-27 career mark, two games above .500 because of his 5-3 stint as the interim when Wade Phillips was fired in the middle of the 2010 season. The Cowboys have gone 8-8 in each of Garrett's three seasons and lost the chance to make the playoffs all three times with Week 17 NFC East losses.
Some progress has been made, like retooling the offensive line and drafting better, but the scheme change from the 3-4 to the 4-3 last season was disastrous. Rod Marinelli is Garrett’s fourth defensive coordinator since taking over in 2010. Scott Linehan will be the third different playcaller in as many years.
Game management has been an issue. The Cowboys have had too many "how-did-they-lose-that?" contests in Garrett’s watch (Detroit, 2011, Arizona 2010, New York Giants 2010, Green Bay 2013).
The ranking sounds about right for now. Garrett can work his way up the list if the Cowboys make the playoffs this year when outside expectations are so low. If he does that, not only will his ranking go up, but he would earn a contract extension as well, which might be a tad more important to him.
IRVING, Texas -- Since the all-time quarterback rankings that had Tony Romo ahead of Troy Aikman went over so well earlier in the week, let’s close the week with some more rankings.