The Dallas Cowboys have struggled to win important games this season, and when they pull out a big win, they have normally followed it up with a tough loss. With the playoffs on the line, ESPN reported on Dec. 22 that the Cowboys' coaching staff fears firings will come if they slip up for the third season in a row.
Despite the fact that the Cowboys have given up more yards this season than almost any other team in the history of the NFL, owner Jerry Jones has publicly endorsed defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, saying he would rather have no one but Kiffin to turn this defense around.
Despite head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan calling questionable plays late in games, allowing teams to keep up and win come-from-behind victories, Jones has given his support to both men.
Now, it turns out that the Dallas Cowboys' coaches fear that the praise and support might be just on the surface, while Jerry Jones is looking to make some major changes if Dallas falls again this year.
Two years ago, Dallas lost to the New York Giants in the final game of the season, missing out on the playoffs because of that one loss. Last year, Dallas lost to the Washington Redskins in the final game of the season, a game that could have sent them to the playoffs with a win. This year, they are heading into a final game meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles, with the playoffs on the line again.
The word now is that, if Dallas does not make the playoffs this year, the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff believes that Jason Garrett and all his assistants will be fired. That makes these last two games the most important in this franchise's recent history.