If the Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, head coach Jason Garrett will be blamed as much as anyone.
Many thought Garrett would be fired after the Cowboys finished 8-8 for a third consecutive season a year ago.
The critics wonder why Jerry Jones still views Garrett as the right coach to lead his franchise.
Former Texas Longhorn quarterback Chris Simms recently asked Garrett what he views as his coaching strengths.
"I think there’s a perspective I bring to our football team because I played in this league for a while and I think I understand what a championship team looks like," Garrett told the former NFL QB and current Bleacher Report NFL Analyst. "I’ve been around some really good teams in my life. And that’s what we’re trying to build. Hopefully in some way I can relate to players but at the same time, challenge them to be the best that they can be."
Garrett has said on several occasions that the coaches he admired most during his playing career are the ones who were constantly pushing him to be better. The coaches Garrett hated were the ones who routinely told him how well he was doing.
As the Cowboys head coach, he’s trying to be the former.
"It’s just one of those things that’s in the forefront of my mind and it’s something I emphasize to our staff every day, and that’s the kind of culture we need to have here," Garrett said. "I think our players respond the right way to it."