First and foremost, the National Football League is a business. It has exactly 32 franchises and each of those teams has one Head Coach. These extremely fortunate men average approximately $2 to 3 million dollars a year to decide whether or not to punt on 4th and 2 at the opponents’ 41 yard line or what 23 year old defensive back gives their special teams better coverage. It’s big dollars for sandlot decisions.
Jason Garrett probably has a better sense of the realities of the modern NFL as a big business than anyone has realized. He skillfully utilized the system that the league has developed to ensure himself a financially certain future. If we learned anything about the financial health and general well being of the NFL during the “Garrett Episode”, if you will, it’s that individual franchises are so flush with disposable income that they’re willing to wreck their internal salary structures for the sake of retaining valued assistants.
That’s just good business sense, on the part of both Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones.
Any business owner would likely follow suit. If you value a certain employee and a competitor tries to lure that person away, isn’t it in your professional best interest to do everything possible to retain him/her? Do you think it’s good business sense to allow company operation secrets to walk away to your competition if you can satisfy their financial demands? The risk usually outweighs the long-term rewards for any business owner.
So let Jason Garrett stay in Dallas and increase his annual salary. Let Jerry Jones continue to groom him as his Head Coach-In-Waiting. They’re each going to continue to make plenty of money doing their respective jobs.
Give credit to Jason Garrett: He played the position very skillfully. He and his agent leveraged TWO NFL franchises to get their fondest wish granted. Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. With a nice fat raise on top of it.
This was never about the Baltimore Ravens and their locker room, their ownership, their facilities or their stature as an “elite” franchise. This was the entire front office getting manipulated by a man and his agent under the “rules of the game” clause. It’s a rare instance for any assistant coach to so skillfully manuever the pieces in his favor. And in the process deliver larger financial paydays to your fellow assistant coaches throughout the league in the very near future.
This was just about Jason Garrett and his future.
One can only hope that whomever the Ravens hire is not so disingenous and transparent as he.
THAT should be the moral of this chapter in the continuing story of this search.