Much to the dismay of many Dallas Cowboys fans, Jerry Jones has remained steadfast in his support for his head coach, Jason Garrett. The team has been the definition of mediocre under Garrett, making it even more surprising that Jones has stuck with him for this long.
Jones is all about winning, which is something the Cowboys have struggled to do under Garrett. After years of mediocrity and several losses where coaching was part of the problem, it isn’t looking good for Garrett.
Sunday’s flubs against the Patriots certainly didn’t help Garrett’s job prospects.
The New England Patriots are not the same team that has terrorized the NFL for years this season. But they are still one of the best in the business. A win for the Cowboys would have gone a long way towards convincing Jones that Garrett was the man for the job.
But, instead, the loss may have convinced Jones that it is time for a change. Like he often does, Jones talked with reporters after the game.
Among the highlights of his comments were remarks about his frustrations:
This is very frustrating. It’s frustrating just to be reminded that some of the fundamentals of football and coaching were what beat us out there today.
He was especially critical of the special teams:
To me, special teams is 100 percent coaching. It’s 100 percent coaching. It’s strategy. It’s having players ready…Special teams is nothing but coaching. Special teams is effort. Special teams is savvy. Special teams is thinking.
He also seemed to comment on the quality of the coaching throughout the season:
I really think it speaks for itself…I think you’re gonna get out-coached during this era when you come to New England. … My point is, don’t get yourself in a spot where you have to come up here and beat him.
While Jones was critical of his coaching staff, many of the Patriots were complimentary of it. Bill Belichick referred to the Cowboys as a well-coached team.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones was much nicer than his dad during an appearance on a local radio station:
I know they work. Jason Garrett’s finest quality of all is his work ethic. He demands that from his coaches. … We have a great chance to right the ship here.
With Stephen making more of the decisions these days than his dad, maybe Jason Garrett still has a chance. But, barring an excellent finish to the regular season and a deep playoff run, it is hard to imagine Jerry Jones will want Garrett coming back.
If reports of Garrett’s interest in the New York Giants are true, it is not hard to imagine a scenario where the Cowboys trade Garrett to the Giants. That may be one move Jones can make that fans will not hate.