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Jerry Jones admits he was in denial about defense, thinks Garrett can cause culture change

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones clearly didn’t want to fire coach Wade Phillips during the season.  Jones admitted Monday that he wasn’t sure what direction Phillips’ future would be as recently as Saturday.

At times on Monday, Jones still seemed to be in denial of where his team stood.  “I think you can look at our team and see real effort,” he said.

Still, Jones made it clear he knows things things had to change.  He largely pinned his decision on the failure of Phillips’ defense. 

“I always felt [Phillips’] head coaching would greatly benefit from how well
his defense is doing,” Jones said.  “There was a lot of me in denial for at
least couple of ball games, but where we’re at right now. . . . We gotta
get a defense that can slow them down.”

Paul Pasqualoni will take over the Cowboys defense, while Jason Garrett takes over the entire team. Jones thinks Garrett can change how things are done in Dallas.


“Jason has certainly been a part of long-term thinking for the Dallas
Cowboys and for me,” Jones said.  “I do believe that Jason as the
temperment, the disposition to affect a culture change.  I think this is
important.  We all know men’s styles are different.  His style is one I
think could be real effective.”  (Whether the players “like” Garrett or not.)

Garrett looks like a longshot to A) turn the Cowboys season around or B) get the Cowboys coaching job in 2011.  Still, Jones has plenty of reasons to hope Garrett could beat the odds.

The Cowboys owner has already made a huge investment in Garrett because he paid him so much to stay away from other head coaching jobs.  A failure by Garrett is ultimately a failure of Jones’ ability to spot coaching talent.

In Garrett, Jones also would have another head coach like Phillips that wouldn’t require personnel control.

“[Garrett] has the opportunity to get the job long term,” Jones said.  “If we do outstanding as a team, if we have very visible, very tangible success.  Then certainly that’s doing your job, if you will, in a crisis situation.  That kind of action goes beyond the resume.  Especially when you’re in the foxhole with him.”

Crisis is the right word.  Garrett has his work cut out for him.

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56 Responses to “Jerry Jones admits he was in denial about defense, thinks Garrett can cause culture change”
  1. Levito says: Nov 8, 2010 6:20 PM

    Yes, good luck in New York next weekend…sucker.

  2. buckup says: Nov 8, 2010 6:23 PM

    Just like in most “bubbles” the absolute top is usually the most “fantastic”. The house that Jerry built marked the top of the Cowboys. Unless he wakes up, they will follow the same path as the Raiders.

  3. Barius Maximus says: Nov 8, 2010 6:26 PM

    Hey PFT, how about a poll to find out who really is America’s Team since we know it ain’t Dallas?
    “How ’bout them Cowboys?” Heh

  4. rjgreen3 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:26 PM

    Hey A$$hole you and Garrett are the problems left; it wasn’t just Phillips all by himself. Phillips wasn’t calling the offensive plays!

  5. Kolb to Jackson says: Nov 8, 2010 6:26 PM

    HAHAHAHA!!!!!

  6. Derrick says: Nov 8, 2010 6:28 PM

    Jerry has been in Denial since he got rid of Jimmy Johnson….for some reason, Jerry thinks he’s a GM and a talent evaluator….he is NEITHER!!

  7. Mr. Lagoo says: Nov 8, 2010 6:29 PM

    Jerry is also in denial when he looks in the mirror and thinks his new grill looks good…
    Keep losing, and maybe (doubt it) that Jerry will swallow his ego and hire a GM…again, I doubt it.

  8. ehatem says: Nov 8, 2010 6:29 PM

    More evidence that Jones simply doesn’t get it. He shoved Williams down Phillips throat when he obviously wasn’t a very good receiver. He’s made countless personnel mistakes. And Garrett is his hand picked offensive coordinator that he also shoved down Phillips throat. Oh yeah, this will turn out well. He needs to hire a real GM and step back before he completely turns Dallas into a perennial laughing stock.

  9. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Nov 8, 2010 6:32 PM

    Jerry says he believes Jason has the temperament to affect a culture change…you sir, are a dummy.

  10. SeaSteel says: Nov 8, 2010 6:33 PM

    Granted, I’m a Steeler fan but I’m old enough to remember those great Cowboy teams of the 70’s let alone 90’s. Watching that game last night all I could think was what a bunch of check-cashing freeloaders.

  11. BigBear123 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:33 PM

    Replaced tweedledee with tweedledum.

  12. FarvesFooPa says: Nov 8, 2010 6:36 PM

    F%ck Dallas! They suck and so does Jerry

  13. Try.TheVeal says: Nov 8, 2010 6:36 PM

    Garrett is simply Geppetto’s new Pinocchio….And yes a Disney reference is a perfect fit for the fantasy land Jones lives in…

  14. buckup says: Nov 8, 2010 6:36 PM

    Red may be able to turn attitudes around, BUT that’s why finding out exactly WHY the players don’t like him is so important, per your ealier post.

  15. Raiderfankirk says: Nov 8, 2010 6:40 PM

    @Barius Really? Raiders are second in thier division and just beat the leader. Not last with no chance.

  16. zleep says: Nov 8, 2010 6:41 PM

    Jones fashions himself an offensive expert, and he hoped Wade could save him on defense. Now we will see if Jones really does know offense, cuz the new head coach is his man, through and through, and the O players are all his picks. If this fails, Jones fails, through and through.
    Through a will, or something, he should give power for a great nephew or someone to fire him post-mortem.

  17. ham1 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:41 PM

    Skelator is still in denail not taking responsibility for his role in the ship taking on water. Like I said Skelator was painting a blue star on his Jason puppet last week. No difference here. Jones is gonna pull the strings and get the same results. Really what else was he gonna do? Its nauseatingly predictable.
    Anyhow pukes rots of ruk, not.

  18. Mr. Cowpatty says: Nov 8, 2010 6:41 PM

    I swear it’s not my fault! How much money did I make today? What! fire my accountant!
    What a crock of shit!

  19. daganjasmoke says: Nov 8, 2010 6:41 PM

    Who here also thinks that this move will produce even more of a blowout against NYG??

  20. BigBlueFlaFan says: Nov 8, 2010 6:42 PM

    “Jason has certainly been a part of long-term thinking for the Dallas Cowboys and for me,” Jones said. “I do believe that Jason as the temperment, the disposition to affect a culture change. I think this is important. We all know men’s styles are different. His style is one I think could be real effective.” (Whether the players “like” Garrett or not.)”
    Translation; A coach who will play the players who I tell him to play, and who will calls the plays that I tell him to.

  21. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Nov 8, 2010 6:46 PM

    Jason Garrett is as weak a leader as they come. He couldn’t handle Terrell Owens because he was afraid of his mouth. Very non-confrontational. Not the type of leader the Cowboys need now.
    …but he will make a great puppet.

  22. penguininbondage says: Nov 8, 2010 6:47 PM

    Is there an echo in here? Helloooooooooo, Dallas fansssssssss, where are youuuuuuuuuuuuu?
    This team has gone down like a priest on an alter boy.

  23. troll_aikman8 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:47 PM

    Garrett has the only temperament that is weaker than Phillips. Garrett couldn’t get the lead role in “Weekend At Bernie’s” because he didn’t show enough of a pulse.

  24. Phil Wright says: Nov 8, 2010 6:48 PM

    Another hand puppet for Jerry.

  25. Tinbender says: Nov 8, 2010 6:48 PM

    You’re in the Foxhole with him Jerry, THAT is the problem.
    Another problem Dallas has, they still have nobody to run the offense just like the first half the season, why the hell do you think your defense was giving up points blockhead?

  26. stunzeed2 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:48 PM

    Slimy snake-like franchise that prides itself on an embarrassment of an entertainment center = Cowboys.
    Pathetic.

  27. habibfromnewdehli says: Nov 8, 2010 6:50 PM

    Cowboys… Jared Gaither is going to be a free agent after this year. I suggest working him out. If his back has healed, he’ll be great for your o-line.
    And I have a hard time believing this team will respect Jason Garrett, who looks like a 12 year old Carrot Top.
    Either way, this team is not THAT far off. Just get new leadership. This team was just 3 scores up on the Giants before Romo got injured.

  28. CdnMike says: Nov 8, 2010 6:50 PM

    The reporters in that press conference have no balls at all. If I was a reporter in that room I would have asked:
    “Jerry, first I want to apologize if this question is offensive, but, do you, as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, believe that the General Manager should be fired as well?”
    That would have been GOLD!!!

  29. Finfan says: Nov 8, 2010 6:51 PM

    Jerry is Jerry’s problem.
    JERRY IS:
    1. Outsanding Businessman.
    JERRY IS NOT:
    1. A COACH
    2.TALENT SCOUT
    3. GENERAL MANAGER
    4. NOT GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL THIS YEAR IN THE HOUSE HE BUILT!!!

  30. Mr. Cowpatty says: Nov 8, 2010 6:52 PM

    The Vikings and their fans are saying, ( Thank you Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.)

  31. SayWhat? says: Nov 8, 2010 6:55 PM

    “A failure by Garrett is ultimately a failure of Jones’ ability to spot coaching talent.”
    Yep- that statement is sooo true, except for the part that isn’t. If Garrett fails does that indicate he lacks coaching talent or might this indicate that he is drawing a very poor hand to show he can be a head coach?
    I’m still stunned with the level of talent at PFT and how they know all of the NFL problems that Florio et al., have not been snapped by a team or by the league to solve all of the issues.

  32. FireJerryJones says: Nov 8, 2010 6:55 PM

    Jerry already addressed the team.
    The players know who the coach is.

  33. stunzeed2 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:56 PM

    T A L E N T
    ranchreport….
    cowboyszone….
    all they ever talk about is T A L E N T.
    Newsflash: Cowboys S U C K.

  34. tooz56 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:56 PM

    Garrett is not an answer either. It’s gonna kill Jerry to see another team celebrate a SuperBowl win in his stadium !

  35. Tim Couch says says: Nov 8, 2010 7:04 PM

    This is baffling. Their O sucks and Phillips has/had nothing to do with it. How replacing him with Garrett (aka lame duck) is going to make things any better is beyond me. Their D might get better, but their O will still suck, so good luck.

  36. Winston Wolfe says: Nov 8, 2010 7:06 PM

    Unless Garrett can lock Jerah in a closet he has no chance.

  37. Voyager6 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:10 PM

    Jerry wants Garrett to do to the Defense what he did for the team…. Oh wait, Wade already did that!

  38. Jaso says: Nov 8, 2010 7:11 PM

    I’m all for being positive, but, it gets on my nerves when you are just saying stuff to say it and don’t mean it. He knows Garrett is not going to do anything and wont be on the payroll after this season. He knows Cowboys are not going to turn it aroud. He knows he needs to put his pride aside and hire a real coach/GM. It has taken him 20+ years, but, I am sick of what he has turned my team into. They are not fun to watch anymore. Ok… I’m done rambling

  39. prmpft says: Nov 8, 2010 7:16 PM

    “…yes sir, jerry – whatever you say jerry – can i get that zipper for you jerry???…”

  40. Richm2257 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:16 PM

    SeaSteel says:
    Granted, I’m a Steeler fan but I’m old enough to remember those great Cowboy teams of the 70’s let alone 90’s. Watching that game last night all I could think was what a bunch of check-cashing freeloaders.
    ————————————————–
    This is the first Steelers fan I’ve agreed with all year!

  41. JETAMAN says: Nov 8, 2010 7:20 PM

    Well unfortunately for Cowboy fans Jones is a Pathological Megalomaniac and that part of the human brain that allows human beings to see themselves from the out-side at least just even a little bit to allow them to realize at some level that their making a complete ass of themselves doesn’t exist in his brain so —— Good Luck!!

  42. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Nov 8, 2010 7:25 PM

    There is a Dallas Cowboys fan right here. But the truth is that tis organization indefensible until changes are made.
    1. Jerry has to hire a coach that he is willing to let coach.
    2. Jerry has to hire a GM that he is willing to let manage.
    3. Jerry has to stop looking for attention and stay in the owner’s suite.
    Until then, it will be more of the same.

  43. JakeDSnake says: Nov 8, 2010 7:28 PM

    As a fan of none of these teams, I think Jerry Jones, Al Davis and Mike Brown are doing a fantastic job!
    Did you know that in the past 15 completed seasons they have a combined SIX (!) Playoff wins? That’s right, 6 wins in a combined 45 years! That doesn’t happen by accident, them guys is good!
    (By comparison, the Ravens who have only ever completed ten seasons in the NFL have won 8 Playoff games in ten years.)

  44. jamaltimore says: Nov 8, 2010 7:31 PM

    Dez bryant is a beast, witten is on the down side and the rest of the team are c players including the POS Romo and yes miles my 15 minutes if over austin! The reality is there is no real talent in big d. just entertainers and big clown who runs the circus!

  45. tinopuno says: Nov 8, 2010 7:34 PM

    Three words for Jones: blind, arrogant asshole.

  46. willmose says: Nov 8, 2010 7:38 PM

    Jerry Jones is still in denial. He still thinks that the Cowboys are a good team. News flash. The Cowboys are a crappy team. This isn’t rocket science. Did Jones get one to many helmet to helmet hits at Arkansas? The defense has given up more points than any other defense in the league. So, that makes the Cowboys what? A good team? How about the league doormat?
    ‘em ‘boys need to upgrade the GM position. Matt Millian is available and he would be a step up.

  47. MrHumble says: Nov 8, 2010 8:08 PM

    At times on Monday, Jones still seemed to be in denial of where his team stood. “I think you can look at our team and see real effort,” he said.
    ———————————————-
    I would call it delusional. Jerrah obviously didn’t watch the game last nite as no one else saw any effort.

  48. superb owl says: Nov 8, 2010 8:25 PM

    ALL POINTS BULLETIN…
    VOX VAGINITIS IS MISSING…
    AND PRESUMED SUICIDAL AND WEARING A DRESS AND MAKEUP…
    A DAY LIKE ANY OTHER DAY…

  49. jjared1101 says: Nov 8, 2010 8:30 PM

    Look at all these non-Cowboys fans bitching and moaning about Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett. So funny that these same people probably complain about the Cowboys getting so much national coverage. Non-Cowboys fans, commenting on Cowboys news, complaining about the Cowboys, acting like they know exactly what needs to be done. lol… making effin lists and things…Quite the amount of arm chair coaches we have in here.

  50. redscare says: Nov 8, 2010 8:53 PM

    The sad thing for the Cowboys and their fans is that the team is a good coach, good GM, and a few hard personnel decisions away from being strong contenders.
    Of course they have the talent, but it’s scattered around an inconsistent team. Be firm about who stays and goes, have high standards, take your good draft picks, and forge a solid team. The division is soft, the conference is soft.
    But Jerry will have to realize that having his hands on every detail doesn’t make him look grand. Being the boss of the boss (GM) of the boss (coach) is where he needs to be. He’ll still be able to walk on the field and smile anytime he likes. If he picks a good GM and coach, he’ll still be able to take credit for their success, and deservedly so. What he’s been doing for years now is such a miserable waste. But he can turn it around tomorrow if he chooses to.

  51. Stanislav the bausse says: Nov 8, 2010 9:29 PM

    First off all Fin fan you are abouslty right
    Jerry is Jerry’s problem.
    JERRY IS:
    1. Outsanding Businessman.
    JERRY IS NOT:
    1. A COACH
    2.TALENT SCOUT
    3. GENERAL MANAGER
    4. NOT GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL THIS YEAR IN THE HOUSE HE BUILT!!!
    and levito the chance of the giants loseing to the cowboys next week , is like saying colt mcoy is better then peyton manning lol !

  52. riverhorse says: Nov 8, 2010 9:39 PM

    only way to effect culture change is for garrett to clean house and jones to stay away from football operations…..and that won’t happen.

  53. ham1 says: Nov 8, 2010 9:49 PM

    @jjared1101:” Look at all these non-Cowboys fans bitching and moaning about Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett.”
    Uh, I dont think anybodys bitching and moaning, Its more like laughing our azzes off at your inept good for nothing team. If you read closer, some of your fans on this page are puke fans that have seen the light. They know the Dallas Doormats suck.

  54. jjared1101 says: Nov 8, 2010 10:24 PM

    ham1 says:
    “Uh, I dont think anybodys bitching and moaning, Its more like laughing our azzes off at your inept good for nothing team. If you read closer, some of your fans on this page are puke fans that have seen the light. They know the Dallas Doormats suck.”
    Read yourself. Plenty on here commenting are not fans of Dallas but they spend lots of their time devoting it to them. Lots of closet Cowboys fans apparently.
    BTW- They are not my team. I like a team that resides in the city that i have grown up in. Tell me how that makes them “my inept good for nothing team.” Not to mention, that good for nothing team one a division and playoff game last year. It’s impossible to have a logical coversation with someone that comes up with stupid wannabe comedic names like “Dallas Doormats” “puke fans” and any other clever names you think you came up with. Take that shit to Deadspin cause your unoriginal..err… uhh…i mean… cool and edgy names… are pretty lacking.

  55. Dogsweat says: Nov 8, 2010 10:45 PM

    Jerry Jones is:
    Vox’s Master
    Vox has special Cowboys prayer rug.
    Greatest puppet of all.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnGgATTl8HI

  56. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Nov 9, 2010 3:31 PM

    DUMBEST COMMENT EVER!!!!
    # habibfromnewdehli says: November 8, 2010 6:50 PM
    Cowboys… Jared Gaither is going to be a free agent after this year. I suggest working him out. If his back has healed, he’ll be great for your o-line.
    And I have a hard time believing this team will respect Jason Garrett, who looks like a 12 year old Carrot Top.
    Either way, this team is not THAT far off. Just get new leadership. This team was just 3 scores up on the Giants before Romo got injured.
    This dumbass doesn’t know the cowgirls were only up 13-0?? How does that translate into 3 scores? This is a perfect example of how stupid cowgirl fans are. HEY HABIB, WAKE UP!!!!

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