SportsPulse: The former Cowboys wide receiver doesn’t hold back in his criticism for Dallas’ head coach.
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Terrell Owens ripped Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in a radio interview Wednesday, saying at one point that he believes it’s “mind-boggling” that Garrett still has a job.
Owens told 105.3 The Fan that he thinks players like wide receiver Dez Bryant have become scapegoats for the team’s offensive performance, when it’s really Garrett’s fault that the Cowboys have “pretty much been at a standstill” during his tenure.
“When you really look at it, it doesn’t make sense for Jason Garrett to continue to have his job,” Owens said on The Fan. “(The Cowboys are) not really expanding or not really progressing with the organization, even as a team, under his coaching tenure there.”
Owens, who was voted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year, spent three seasons in Dallas over the course of his 15-year career. He overlapped with Garrett when the latter was the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008.
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The 44-year-old Owens also drew an NBA comparison, pointing to the Toronto Raptors’ recent firing of head coach Dwane Casey. Casey went 320-238 (.573) in seven seasons with five playoff appearances, including one trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Garrett has gone 67-53 (.558) in seven-plus seasons with two playoff appearances.
“(Casey) was voted unanimous coach of the year, has taken Toronto to the playoffs, had three straight years of winning 50-plus games and then they don’t make it beyond what the expectations are within that organization and he gets fired,” Owens said on The Fan. “And then you have Jason Garrett, who has no accomplishments, not even close to that, and he continues to still have a job.
“It all boils down to players being the scapegoat for his inability to lead the team as he should. For me, it’s mind-boggling. I don’t understand it. And I think Jerry (Jones) — again, he’s the owner at the end of the day, he has to feel good with himself about the decisions — but I just don’t understand why this guy still has a job.”
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