In order to survive with some sanity intact, it makes sense that NFL coaches, especially the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett, have to insulate themselves against the noise of yapping media and fans.
Take, for instance, the Dallas Cowboys’ team broadcast of Garrett press conferences on the social media app Periscope. When Garrett’s media sessions appear on this tool, his answers to questions are accented on the live streaming by fans’ comments. Following a loss, a viewer would be hard pressed to find a positive comment about Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan or any facet of the Dallas organization, save for perhaps the defensive line.
However, it’s almost certain that the noise on Periscope is out of sight and out of mind for Garrett.
There’s also little doubt that Garrett, who attended Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, tuned out criticism levied at him for such a frivolous outing. Former Cowboys coach and Fox commentator Jimmy Johnson said Garrett’s taking the weekend to get out of town and attend the game “sends the wrong message.”
Of all the things Garrett has to worry about at the moment as the Cowboys try to turn around their season, Johnson’s commentary probably doesn’t rate too high if at all.
Dallas will attempt to get back to .500 on the season by moving to 4-0 at home when it hosts Tennessee on the Week 9 Monday Night Football contest.
The Cowboys have lost a couple of close ones on the road at Washington and Houston in the last month. But, inside the friendly confines of AT&T Stadium, Dallas has looked like a legit playoff contender.
That trend makes the next one loom pretty large. Following the home game versus the Titans, Dallas goes on the road for two straight weeks against the Eagles and Falcons.
With that kind of pressure coming in the second half of this season, who could blame Garrett for taking a night off to go to a baseball game?