Following another awful performance - this time a 28-14 home loss to the Tennessee Titans - many are calling for the struggling 3-5 Dallas Cowboys to fire head coach Jason Garrett.
Former Cowboys legendary quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is among those who believe it's time for the franchise to start making changes, as they stare at yet another non-playoff season.
"Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it's been," Aikman on 1310 The Ticket (h/t Todd Archer of ESPN.com). "It hasn't always mattered who the head coach has been. So to me, if you're asking me, I'd say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization."
Owner Jerry Jones told reporters after Monday's loss that he's not looking to fire Garrett - who has two playoff appearances (just one postseason win), in nine years on the job. Dallas is about to miss the playoffs for the third time in four years, but Jones - who acts as the general manager - is refusing to make the changes that everyone else seems to think are long overdue.
Aikman led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl championships in the '90s, two of them under head coach Jimmy Johnson. However, the latter departed after the team's second title, due to a power struggle with Jones. Barry Switzer was hired to replace Johnson, and he led the Cowboys to a third championship to cement the dynasty status.
It's odd that Jones would fire a coach who guided his team to two championships, but keeps on a head coach with nothing but mediocrity on his resume. Jones always talks about how the team needs to get better, and how much he wants another Super Bowl.
"I've heard Jerry say, 'OK, look, we're going to do it differently. I'm going to do it differently'...But it's the same. Nothing changes," Aikman added. "And that to me is the bigger issue. ... Yes, coaching is important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating how you're going about running the organization?"
The Cowboys sit at 3-5 and must beat the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on the road this Sunday, otherwise their playoff dreams will be all but dashed. And if the season continues to go off the rail, one has to think that Jones will start making the necessary changes that should have happened many years ago.