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Garrett's rookie mistake

Not taking job shows that assistant has much to learn

Mike Preston

January 16, 2008

If Jason Garrett becomes the Ravens' head coach, let's hope he won't show as much inexperience during the season as he showed yesterday.

Garrett spent most of the day interviewing with top Ravens officials about their vacant head coaching position and walked away from their offer, one of the most coveted jobs in professional sports.

The Ravens and Garrett are still negotiating, and Garrett said all the right things as he met briefly with the media. But he didn't answer a lot of questions. Maybe it was best he didn't because he had a lot on his mind.

Or maybe Garrett really doesn't want to become a head coach. If he was really passionate about becoming a head coach, Garrett would have taken the job.

But Garrett is just 41 and is in only his third season as an NFL assistant. He is just three years removed from being a player.

There was some panic in his eyes yesterday and apparently some concern about the Ravens' job. But if Garrett had done his homework, he would be the new Ravens coach.

Yesterday should have been a formality instead of more screening. Garrett should have known the Ravens have one of the best front offices in the NFL, and an owner in Steve Bisciotti who is passionate about winning.

The Ravens have problems, but they care enough about winning to try to cover them up. But he doesn't know general manager Ozzie Newsome or Bisciotti well, or how badly they want to win.

He certainly knows Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones well. Jones has been in a similar position with the Ravens before. In 1997, the Ravens had agreed in principle to a contract with Cowboys linebacker Broderick Thomas. While Thomas was sleeping at his hotel room in Baltimore, Jones called him, got him to agree to a new deal with the Cowboys, then sent out his private plane to bring the linebacker back to Dallas.

Jones loves Garrett, hand-picking him to become the Cowboys' offensive coordinator this season with hopes of him one day becoming Dallas' head coach.

I can imagine Jones calling Garrett several times yesterday, increasing his pay by perhaps $1 million to $2 million a year. I can see him doing everything imaginable to keep Garrett in Dallas.

Garrett was expected to be in Atlanta today to interview for the Falcons' head coaching job. He'll probably be given another contract offer.

This all has to make Garrett nervous. He has never been through anything like this. I'm sure he wants to play these teams against each other, but I'm not sure he has been around the league enough to pull it off.

No one really wants the Atlanta job. The Falcons' franchise quarterback is in prison. Their starting running back is old. Their former head coach left them before the regular season was completed.

Dallas is very attractive. The Cowboys are in their peak years. They have a good defense, a franchise-caliber quarterback, two good running backs and a go-to receiver.

But the one thing that the Cowboys can't give Garrett right now is a head coaching position.

The Ravens can, but they do have problems. They have older players on defense, no long-term solution at quarterback and a grumpy set of veterans with big egos. Their best player, linebacker Terrell Suggs, is unsigned.

The stiff-arm by Garrett put the Ravens in a bad position. They would like to lure Indianapolis assistant coach Jim Caldwell from the Colts, but he probably won't leave until Tony Dungy decides early next week whether he wants to retire as the team's head coach.

But don't count the Ravens out as far as Garrett. Bisciotti is rich, and the organization doesn't like to be told no. Bisciotti will remain in contact with Garrett, and he'll be in a bidding war with the Cowboys and the Falcons.

But after yesterday, the kid from Princeton didn't seem to have a real clue about what was going on.

I'll chalk it up to inexperience because a veteran coach would have completed the deal here. Either that, or maybe he is in coaching for the money. And the Ravens don't need that anymore.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

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I saw this same article and its funny they say how bad we are but when they air their problems, it seems to be a harder road. Aging staff with ego's, how is a 40 yr old suppose to come in and break that cycle? At least we have young talent and old talent is humble enough to buy into any program as long as we win.

Seems to me, Baltimore isn't such a prize afterall.

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I find it really interesting that Garrett was on the Buccaneers roster as 3rd quarterback for a few months back in 2004. He was actually released the week before we played them the first time.

Isn't it nuts how someone could go from being such a mediocre player to a brilliant offensive mind so quickly? It strikes me as a little suspicious...

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No one really wants the Atlanta job. The Falcons' franchise quarterback is in prison. Their starting running back is old. Their former head coach left them before the regular season was completed.

Ouch.

Garrett must have one **** of an agent of be one **** of a coach. He's only been a coach AT ANY LEVEL for 3 years.

This just bugs the ##### out of me. Baltimore can have him.

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Well, if you remember....Dallas's offense was not bad last year.....Romo was a pro bowler, and he did have Owens and Whitten, and their offense was top 10 in the league. I wish people would stop giving Jason Garrett so much credit because while i think he calls a good offensive game, i feel he is not even 60% responsible for Dallas success. So i wouldnt really label him an offensive genius or mastermind. I mean in all honesty...Look at their play calls....its mainly owens whitten and Crayton running posts and slant and go routes, nothing genius about it....lol. Dont get me wrong though i like Jason Garrett just think he gets waaaaaaaaaaaay to much credit for Dallas success.

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posted this in the other thread.

This whole Garrett backing out of Raven's offer is intriguing me. We know that we were one of the first to talk to Garrett.

Maybe he was committed towards us and wanted to speak with Dimitroff today to finalize it.

Reasons why he would come here?

Well certainly the Ravens are a nice organization with plenty of talent, but they are older players with a lot of ego. Not to mention their offense looked worse than ours this season. As an offensive mind, I'm sure he saw the advantages of having a young group of talent at WRs and Jerious Norwood. Not to mention his "blue collar" background might fit better with our organization.

We certainly need to build a culture with emphasis on hard work and knowledge of roles. (Garrett and Dimitroff Philosophy)

We need stability. If these two can stay and create a legacy, this might be the start of something great.

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"No one really wants the Atlanta job."

This comment, made about any HC job in the NFL is the stupidest sports comment I have ever seen in print. It shows that the writer is a complete #####, and he should be reporting celeb gossip rather than sports. There are no bad HC jobs, and Blank is considered one of the better owners in the NFL. He is comitted to winning, no matter the cost.

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I'm the Answer (1/16/2008)
i wish we had a homer paper =(
That's the point here that EVERYONE must remember. I have been reading the Baltimore Sun during the coaching search process, and I will just say, they are no AJC. They do a tremendous job covering the Ravens, and for the most part back the team.

Keep in mind, that the team just got jilted. The Sun will back the team. The AJC would've had an article about just how bad this Atlanta franchise is to get turned down by a coach with 3 years experience, and if they are turned down today, just watch. However, the Sun takes a shot at the Falcons, and uplifts it's team.

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FalconWong88 (1/16/2008)
posted this in the other thread.

This whole Garrett backing out of Raven's offer is intriguing me. We know that we were one of the first to talk to Garrett.

Maybe he was committed towards us and wanted to speak with Dimitroff today to finalize it.

We certainly need to build a culture with emphasis on hard work and knowledge of roles. (Garrett and Dimitroff Philosophy)

We need stability. If these two can stay and create a legacy, this might be the start of something great.

I hope you're "wong"! (sorry, couldn't resist.) :P

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BlacksburgHokie (1/16/2008)
I find it really interesting that Garrett was on the Buccaneers roster as 3rd quarterback for a few months back in 2004. He was actually released the week before we played them the first time.

Isn't it nuts how someone could go from being such a mediocre player to a brilliant offensive mind so quickly? It strikes me as a little suspicious...

Just because someone doesn't have the pyhsical tools doesn't mean they can't understand the game to a high level.

LOL, this board proves that theory.:w00t:

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