Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones is protecting Jason Garrett’s credentials.
The 10-year head trainer, Jones mentioned Tuesday morning, is certified to steer a staff on a Tremendous Bowl run. He’s one of the most smartest and hard-working coaches round, Jones added. However Jones didn’t determine that the ones qualities will probably be sufficient to increase Garrett’s tenure previous a freelance that expires after this season.
“You’ll say a man that’s been training 10 years must have a Tremendous Bowl,” Jones informed Dallas radio station 105.three The Fan in his common look. “Do you need to record the hundreds of coaches that don’t have their Tremendous Bowl or similar who’ve been training 10 years? And do you need the record what number of quantity there are who’ve more than one Tremendous Bowls and feature been training 10 years? My level is it’s a prime, prime bar.
“However there are certified other people. Jason in reality is certainly one of them.
“Personally, Jason Garrett will probably be training within the NFL subsequent yr.”
Cue the theory. Jones didn’t specify in his feedback whether or not Garrett’s NFL position can be with the Cowboys subsequent season. Conjecture in regards to the trainer’s standing amplified following the landlord’s grievance of Dallas’ Nov. 24 loss to the New England Patriots, in which Jones said the Cowboys were outcoached and the reason they lost was “glaring.” NFL Network reported earlier that day that the New York Giants would be interested in Garrett should the Cowboys not retain him.
Jones hears the rumors and sees the odds listed for who will lead his Cowboys in 2020.
“I read something the other day that said, ‘With Jerry’s money, he ought to go at it whatever it takes to hire a coach to win the Super Bowl,’” Jones said. “If I knew who could win a Super Bowl, you might think like that. The problem is you don’t know who can guarantee you a Super Bowl.”
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For 2019, at least, Jones has made clear he believes Garrett gives his team the best chance to win. The Cowboys have lost six of their last nine games, entering Thursday Night Football as a 6-6 team. But they remain atop the NFC East with a one-game lead on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones said after a disappointing Thanksgiving loss to the Bills that he would not fire Garrett during the season. He’s aiming to prompt a fairy-tale Super Bowl run this season, he said, and without Garrett, “we have zero chance.”
Tuesday morning, he elaborated on why.
“First of all Jason Garrett’s a good coach. Let’s start right there,” Jones said. “He knows this team better than anybody.”
Garrett offers a safety net, the owner said, for young coaches like offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
“I’m glad to have him,” Jones added. “He is the guy for the job.”
Despite the rumors of Garrett’s lame-duck status, Jones said he does not believe the coach has lost the team. The message across the Cowboys locker room was similar this week, quarterback Dak Prescott saying Monday he knows Garrett’s message is getting through because “I talk to each and every one of these individuals and the head coach’s message is the way we’re approaching each and every day,” Prescott said. “It’s about taking one game at a time and being accountable.”
Still, Jones’ tone Tuesday morning repeatedly returned to the joys of post-Cowboys life for former head coaches. Jones reminded fans Tuesday that Garrett’s predecessor, Wade Phillips, went on to coordinate a Super Bowl-winning defense for the Denver Broncos.
Last week, Jones said he defines success only as a Super Bowl title and wants Garrett to “get it done.” Tuesday, Jones said he doesn’t view Garrett’s case for a next contract as dependent on ending the Cowboys’ 23-year conference championship game drought or another specific postseason accomplishment .
“There is no bar,” Jones said. “When I say that, I don’t mean there’s not a level or a point where I determine it’s just not working or it’s working. But there’s many things, there’s boxes to be checked.
“Jason Garrett checks a lot of positive boxes when you start looking at head coaches and the aptitude and quality of coach.”
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