Tory Aikman is calling for the Cowboys to blow it all up.
The Hall of Famer said he feels Dallas needs to press the franchise restart button, even suggesting a “complete overhaul,” a day after the Cowboys endured an ugly 28-14 loss against the Titans on Monday night.
“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman said on 1310 The Ticket. “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.”
The three-time Super Bowl champion’s critique was shaded toward the man behind the Cowboys’ head-coaching merry-go-round: owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who’s been at the helm since 1989. Since Dallas last played in — and won — the Super Bowl in 1995 under Jimmy Johnson, five coaches, including Bill Parcells and Garrett, have been unsuccessful, with none even reaching the NFC Championship game in 23 years.
“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,” he said. “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?
“… I talk to people who have been inside the building and have a pretty good understanding how things are run, and in a lot of ways there’s a lot of dysfunction, and that has to change if this team is going to be able to compete on a consistent basis like the teams that you look to around the league that seemingly are in the hunt each and every year.”
Those changes didn’t sound imminent after Monday night. Garrett received some good news via Jones following the loss, which dropped the Cowboys to 3-5 and third in the NFC East. Jones said he wasn’t going to make an in-season coaching changes despite the sluggish results.
“I think we realize we have eight games to go, we’ve got a long way to go in this season,” he said. “We want to play better than we played tonight, so I certainly think each individual and coach and front-office person is going to have to do better, including me.”
Still, Garrett is just 70-58 in nine seasons since taking over in 2010, when he replaced Wade Phillips following a 1-7 start. He’s pocketed just two playoff victories and doesn’t have a first-round pick next season, after the Cowboys traded it to the Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper.