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Emmitt Smith: This is Jason Garrett's last year with Cowboys 'if he doesn't get it right'

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith believes coach Jason Garrett needs a successful 2018 season if he wants to keep his job, calling the coach’s eight-year tenure with the Cowboys “mediocre at best.”

“I think Jason has what it takes,” the Pro Football Hall of Famer told ESPN’s First Take on Thursday. “But I think this is his last year with the Dallas Cowboys if he doesn’t get it right. Because he’s had everything else to support his case. …I think people (fans) want more. I think (owner Jerry Jones) actually wants more.

“If in some cases you’ve had great seasons, but you haven’t been able to win the big one, that becomes a problem.”

Garrett is 67-53 since taking over head-coaching duties for Wade Phillips in 2010 as interim. The Cowboys have made the playoffs twice under Garrett — in 2014 and 2016 — losing to the Green Bay Packers both times in the NFC Divisional round.

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Smith isn’t the only former Cowboy criticizing Garrett. Former wide receiver Terrell Owens, speaking with USA TODAY Sports on Thursday, blamed Garrett for not making needed adjustments to get the Cowboys into the playoffs this year.

Smith used himself as an example of making necessary decisions in order to help the franchise. Smith, released by the Cowboys in 2003 when then-coach Bill Parcells opted to go with a younger running-backs unit, noted that “everybody has a shelf life, including coaches.”

“In order to get more, you may have to do things you don’t necessarily want to do,” Smith said. “I mean, they had to get rid of me to move on with everyone else.”

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