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Troy Aikman: Cowboys need ‘complete overhaul of the entire organization’

Troy Aikman took in the Dallas Cowboys’ miserable showing during an ugly 28-14 home loss to the Tennessee Titans on “Monday Night Football.” And the franchise icon did not come away impressed with the dismal effort. In fact, Aikman believes things are so bad in Big D that a “complete overhaul” is required.

Aikman cites myriad issues that are plaguing the Cowboys organization, including having to surrender a first-round pick for Amari Cooper after insisting at the onset of the season that the wide receiver position was stable.

In essence, Aikman argues it is an organizational-wide level of dysfunction that is hurting the 3-5 team, even if embattled head coach Jason Garrett is shouldering most of the blame.

“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman said Tuesday morning on 1310 The Ticket, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “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. You can’t just can’t simply replace head coaches and say, ‘Now it’s going to be better.’ No, it’s been shown that it’s not better. And you have to address how everything is being done.

“And there’s been times where 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. And that to me is the bigger issue, beyond, ‘Yes, coaching’s important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating? How are you going about running the organization?”

Interestingly, a typical “complete overhaul” of an NFL organization tends to include front office changes. With the Cowboys’ management structure headed by Jones as general manager and his son a senior executive, odds are not much will change in that regard. So, does that mean Garrett will be ousted unless the Cowboys turn it around quickly and make the playoffs? That remains to be seen, despite Jones’ assurances it will not happen in-season.