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Jerry Jones denies he’s made a decision on Garrett

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is trying to stuff the Cowboys coaching genie back in the bottle, even though there are multiple reports that he’s chosen Jason Garrett to be his next coach on a full-time basis.

“It’s the same as it was the first of the week. After the game and interview under our Rooney Rule,” Jones told FOXSports via the Dallas Morning News.   “I certainly have some interviewing to do. But I will move on this real quick. Those reports that I’ve made the decision are wrong. Certainly I’m proud of the job that [Jason Garrett] is doing.”

Jones understands the can of worms that have been opened here.     As Florio mentioned in his 10-pack, Jones could prove the interview of receivers coach Ray Sherman isn’t  a sham by hiring Sherman as the team’s offensive coordinator.

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  1. bearfan74 says: Jan 3, 2011 9:04 AM

    Another example of why the Rooney rule is one of the dumbest front office rules in all of sports. Here you have a coaching candidate that was promoted through the ranks of the organization, was successful on an interim basis, and is clearly the best fit for the job, but the owner has to backtrack because he hasn’t appeased the politically correct gods by not yet interviewing a minority who won’t get the job anyway.

  2. dccowboy says: Jan 3, 2011 9:28 AM

    What is this PFT ‘fixation’ with the Rooney Rule as applied to Jerry Jones? The Rooney Rule itself is a sham.

    I don’t recall PFT getting so slobberingly obsessed with how the Rooney Rule is treated when ‘the Danny’ gave it lip service in Washington by doing a 30 minute phone interview with a “Black Coach” when everybody on this side of the Atlantic knew he was going to hire Shanahan regardless.

    The Rooney Rule is an insult to Black coaches and is racist on its face. I agree with bearfan, it’s the dumbest NFL rule in existence.

  3. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 3, 2011 9:32 AM

    Garrett isn’t going anywhere.
    JJ wants (needs) a coach that he can manipulate from behind the scenes, which is why any real coach like Gruden or Cowher will never be considered.

  4. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 3, 2011 9:32 AM

    Jerry should just appoint himself the coach and get it over with.

  5. spharrgcs says: Jan 3, 2011 9:38 AM

    It seems apparent that Jerry is hyper-nervous about Garrett getting snagged by another team. It’s obvious that Garrett has the skill set to coach a football team and is ready to do so. It’s likely that Jones has allowed the information to slip out that he plans on hiring Garrett..then denies it face to face in order to avoid non-compliance with the Rooney Rule. Garrett will be the head coach but Jones must walk the fine line of compliance before making it official. But he must ‘act quickly’, as he said, in order not to allow another team to sneak and and grab one of the brightest young minds in the game.

  6. abninf says: Jan 3, 2011 9:41 AM

    The Rooney Rule. Yet another stupid idea by liberals that keeps racisim alive so they can stay relevant. Frazier can be told by the Vikings today that he has the job because of his skin color but Garrett has to wait for the interviews everyone knows will be a sham.

  7. bbrophy1 says: Jan 3, 2011 9:57 AM

    It’s all semantics. He could reward Sherman by making him assistant head coach in charge of the wide receivers, and he would still have nothing to do with coordinating the offense.

  8. traevin says: Jan 3, 2011 10:10 AM

    BTW, any of you hoping or worrying that Jason Garrett will be coaching Dallas next year can forget about it.

    Did anyone notice the enthusiasm, raw grit and high team spirit in Jones’ Grandson during the Arizona game? He was sitting next to Jerry in the luxury suite. Kinda waif-like with curly blond hair?

    Well, I’ve got it on good authority that he’ll actually be named the next Head Coach of the Cowboys on Superbowl Sunday during the halftime show!!!

    But this might not be such a bad thing for us fans. He’s been groomed for the job since before he could crawl, studying hard on the laps of great coaching luminaries like Gailey, Campo, (not Big Bad Bill, he’s a meanie), and even Uncle Barry, the last Superbowl winning coach of our team. And although the kid may be more than a hashmark left of metrosexual, like his granddaddy famously stated, and I paraphrase,

    “A Jones man can always point out a real jock by just glancing in the locker room shower.”

    Superbowl bound in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. phillyforlife says: Jan 3, 2011 10:11 AM

    How come the Vikings dont have to interview a white coach? This is the problem in this country they make it fair by making it not fair. It’s over used but, The best man for the job is the best not a quota hiring.

  10. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 3, 2011 10:45 AM

    For all those Cowboys fans that actually WANT Jason Garrett as the HC.

    Garrett was part of the problem with this franchise the last couple of years. You going to give him a pass?

    Fine. Then don’t bitch and complain when you get more of the same. Another Jerry Jones puppet.

  11. sh4doww4lker says: Jan 3, 2011 10:58 AM

    abninf — I have a liberal question…… why the visceral comments? ……is it not possible for a RW conservative to discuss the merits of a four year old rule change on an intellectual basis?

    Since the start of the 2006 season, the overall percentage of African American coaches has jumped to 22%, from the meager 6% prior to the Rooney Rule.

    Although this fact alone doesn’t end the debate, most would agree a non discriminatory hiring practice is a worthy societal goal.

    …….. any suggestions?

  12. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 3, 2011 11:04 AM

    the Rooney rule is foolish in these types of circumstances because it necessitates a sham interview (or Jerry could just pay the fine). and any minority coach who sits for said interview is an idiot.
    for those of you who cannot/do not understand why the rule is necessary:
    do you honestly believe that the number of minority coaches in College football and Pro
    football (combined) ACCURATELY reflects the total number of qualified minority coaches out
    there (who have submitted applications)? if you look along those sidelines, you will see MANY minority faces amongst assistants, coordinators, and various other personnel positions, but very few HCs. why do you suppose that is? if you’re going with the qualification argument, then i guess i should point out that Garrett was NEVER a head coach at ANY level of football, yet he was GIVEN this opportunity (without an interview mind you). Sherman, on the other hand, has an overwhelmingly much more experience (he was coaching while Garrett was still playing) and is probably more qualified than Garrett in the first place, yet the interim title was not given to him.
    The easiest way around this would have been to give Sherman the interim tag, and then promote Jason Garrett (since Garrett is Jones’ obvious choice, and has been for quite some time).

    The Rooney Rule (like it or hate it) only requires an INTERVIEW. it doesnt require any kind of quota hiring or the like so stop with the Fox News spin on it. it simply requires teams to give a meaningful and real interview to at least one QUALIFIED minority candidate BEFORE
    they’ve decided to award the job to someone else. why is this unreasonable?

    again, if you think the rule is not necessary, please respond to my earlier question because i’m curious to know what you think. regardless of your response, i can give my personal guarantee that I WILL NOT label you a racist (unless of course you go using racial epithets). i cannot make the same guarantee for other posters, so beware. but since it’s my question, my take on your answer is what should count most.

  13. phillyforlife says: Jan 3, 2011 12:08 PM

    sh4doww4lker says: Since the start of the 2006 season, the overall percentage of African American coaches has jumped to 22%, from the meager 6% prior to the Rooney Rule.

    Although this fact alone doesn’t end the debate, most would agree a non discriminatory hiring practice is a worthy societal goal.

    ————————————————–
    Dude the rule has nothing to with who the owners are hiring cause owners will hire whoever they want anyway. As was post above by dccowboy “the Rooney Rule is treated when ‘the Danny’ gave it lip service in Washington by doing a 30 minute phone interview with a “Black Coach” when everybody on this side of the Atlantic knew he was going to hire Shanahan regardless.” The owners are grown men most of them are hell of a lot smarter than us and do what they want with THEIR TEAM. The thing is we dont need this type of stuff to prop up the minorities any longer Obama proved that the only ones that keep discrimination going are the peoploe that cant admit they are not really qualfied for a job they where refused so they claim discrimination because they are too lazy or impatient to pay there dues and in this case study the game enough to be able to do the job right. There is alot more to know than just x’s and o’s when you are coach or gm. So really just hire the man thats qualified black , white, hispanic, or whatever it does not matter what color they are as long as they can do the job competently.

  14. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 3, 2011 1:02 PM

    @phillyforlife:
    “So really just hire the man thats qualified black , white, hispanic, or whatever it does not matter what color they are as long as they can do the job competently.”
    nice thought, but the numbers dont indicate that this is the prevailing wisdom among those who do the hiring/firing.
    and quickly to respond to your obama comment. all he did was prove that HE could get elected despite the racial climate in our country. There are many out there who claim he’s not qualified either and continue to try and undermine his administration (most of them work at Fox News if you want a central location to find many of them).
    In discrimination situations the “power group” must push for change in addition to the discriminated group. For example, prominent men supported women’s suffrage (they did vote it into law), many whites supported civil rights, a WHITE president had to abolish slavery, etc…the same is true here. Dan Rooney, a white man, pushed for this rule and with time, I believe it will make more sense. Not as much from a necessity (as in hiring practices will never be equal without it) standpoint, but from a “why the hell werent we doing this the whole time?” sort of way.

  15. phillyforlife says: Jan 3, 2011 3:32 PM

    @steelerdynasty2010 says:
    @phillyforlife:
    “So really just hire the man thats qualified black , white, hispanic, or whatever it does not matter what color they are as long as they can do the job competently.”
    nice thought, but the numbers dont indicate that this is the prevailing wisdom among those who do the hiring/firing.

    The numbers don’t indicate that because they are very scewed by the fact that most black coaches are former players. Some do well like Dungy or Tomilin, but they are the execption. Sorry to say but history has shown that most black athletes do not take classes that matter in college, or they just don’t go to class at all since the players before them have shown that they don’t have to. An N.F.L team is going to pay them millions when thier career is over, and then they wonder why they didn’t get a job coaching . Thing is, if they had done their homework, they would be qualified! The sad fact is the majority of players (of any race) are not even smart enough to invest thier money and not be broke within 5 years of leaving the sport, by all means, research this. My point is you have to have an education, common sense, determination, and detail oriented skills to be qualified, not a degree in modern art! But everyone fails to recognize this point because they dont want too. And not be disriminatory, but there are quite a few white athletes in the same boat. And as for your civil rights argument, well that topic has become way out of hand. I remember a resturant similar to Denny’s, named Sambo’s, the blacks had protested that the name is derogatory. In the end they gave in, perhaps even court ordered to change the name. However, no one wants to discuss the reverse racisem that goes on in this country , We cannot have united caucasion college fund, without it causing issues. People need to stop useing the civil rights movement as a crutch and take responsibility as an individual to get the best position for employment. Are they “required” to interview women? Now, to your stament on mine about Obama, there it seems you’re being nieve. In politics, every president goes through that, and the only reason I myself dont think he is qualifed is his lack of expirience both nationaly and internationaly. 2 years in national politics does not make you quilified to run this country. All civil rights does for today’s society is proliferate racisim and discrimination on all sides. If you want to be treated fairly then all you have to do is study, prepare, and take full advantage (in the athletes cases) of the free education you are given. Stop takeing it for granted like most do. Nobody deserves to be given anything just because of the color of thier skin or their gender. No one is entitled to anything other then simple human kindness and respect.

  16. diehardskinfan21 says: Jan 3, 2011 9:00 PM

    I thought this was an article about what a bad GM Leather face is?? When did it turn into a debate over the rooney rule? Who cares.
    Bottom line is that dickheads like vox, dccowboy, boysroll, and a few others were all screaming that the girls would be playing the super bowl in their house this year.
    To quote a great man, “Cowboy fans, tell me how my ass taste.”
    -Shaq
    Watching the cowgirls go from bad to worse is the greatest time of year every year. The skins are in a bad way, but they are headed in a more positive direction than the jerk offs in Arlington. Can’t wait to see what the excuses will be next year. Hopefully Leather face packs it up and heads to LA.
    Cowboys SUCK!!!!

  17. warchief01 says: Jan 3, 2011 11:58 PM

    You can’t believe jones. He proved he’s a liar. Remember? Phillips job was safe until the end of the the year.

  18. cowboys4life says: Jan 4, 2011 12:51 AM

    @diehardskinsfan

    Your team is doomed! Also, you have lost all posting privilages, Washington is quite possibly the biggest laughing stock in the NFL, maybe besides the Jets off the field issues. Check the last 10 years. Dallas owns you, and practically always has in the history of our rivalry. Let me guess, it’s because of “cardiovascular endurance” LOL

    To the rest of the posters stop with the republican/liberal B.S. The Rooney rule is out of date and needs to be abolished.This rule should have been kicked about 7 or 8 years ago. Anybody remember the Colts/Bears SB, 2 black coaches, or as Tony Dungy said what really matters is it was 2 christian coaches, Yoda said it best!

  19. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2011 6:42 AM

    where do i begin?

    “The numbers don’t indicate that because they are very scewed by the fact that most black coaches are former players”
    so being a former player prohibits you from being a qualified NFL Head Coach? wasnt Jason Garrett a former player? does his degree in history really qualify him to be an NFL head coach with NO PREVIOUS HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER????????? most coaches played at some level or another…even your supremely hard working, intellectually superior, tough college class taking white coaches…

    since its obvious that you have access to the transcripts of “most black athletes” and can provide evidence beyond your word that this is true, by all means, please provide it. i cant wait to read it. are there really that many black athletes who are guaranteed a multi-million dollar NFL job? what are the percentages of white players who follow this same model? do white players not take classes like “ballroom dancing” (figure out who that was)? i guess they all major in molecular biology or something like that in anticipation of life after college without the NFL. or are they the exception to the rule because they’re white and therefor do not see the “value” in passing up tough classes to become better at the profession they anticipate choosing after graduation?
    i dont doubt your claims about players not being able to invest wisely etc, but as you mentioned, that’s from all races so i’m not real sure how that bolsters your point.
    you say:
    “My point is you have to have an education, common sense, determination, and detail oriented skills to be qualified, not a degree in modern art”

    so there arent more than a small handful of minorities that fulfill those requirements????? in the ENTIRE coaching pool?????? i dont think you believe that and if you think i will, i’m truly insulted.

    reverse racism? did you find that on some neo-nazi blog? minority groups are hard pressed to create such a climate. South Africa is the only exception I can think of off the top of my head, so i’ll call that claim highly unlikely. and you’re sadly mistaken if you think that’s going on here.

    are they required to interview women?
    – i’d say that would fulfill the requirement. it just says minority candidate, doesnt specify.

    “People need to stop useing the civil rights movement as a crutch and take responsibility as an individual to get the best position for employment”

    -and i suppose your numbers/opinions are not skewed at all by the fact that many minority coaches never get an interview in the first place, therefore how in the world would they get the job?

    I personally dont believe that enough owners really do their due dilligence in selecting a coach. it seems they have this predetermined list each time and pick from it. that list is invariably crowded with retreads from other teams who just get re-circulated every few years. Have a real interview process. collect applications from far and wide and decide the merits of a person’s work, not the merit’s of his name and how much your fanbase will “recognize” the name. your name gets recognized for the winning and losing that goes along with it, not for what it says on your birth certificate.

  20. phillyforlife says: Jan 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    @steelerdynasty2010
    Wow you totaly missed my point I also said there are white athletes in the same boat.
    And you have to face the fact the black pool of coaches is much smaller. And just because a man BLACK OR WHITE is a good assistant does not not mean his is smart enough to run the whole show. And you really think it’s fair that the rule is only there for lip service. And what I about the former players comment is this they where players not students of the game just because you play one postion well doesn’t make you a head coach Mike Singletary was a great linebacker but pretty subpare as a head coach, as for Jason Garrett listen what his former team mates say about him and how even as a player he prepared for this moment ( only time will tell how that works out it does not guarantee anything), it wasn’t ok I’m retired now what do I do, I know I’ll coach. Life does not work that way you have to prepare study put your dues in and by all means prove your self. Now as a Manager(and I am) you have to know your people what are they capable of doing and what they are not capable of doing and put them in a postion to succeed, and if some one call for a reference you have to be honest about who they are asking about, if you say oh yeah he’s great make a wonderful coach even if you don’t think so, well there go’s your crediblity out the window. Another point is don’t shoot for the NFL right away coach at the college level (and that’s everyone), not to say you can’t find a gem in the rough in some postion coaches one that comes to mind is A. Reid who was a QB coach before being head coach. But like I said before I’m pretty sure Mike Holmgren gave a Jeff Lurie a good word on him based on the work ethic he saw out of him. But really I would not expect you to understand it seem’s you see this issue only one way it’s black vs. white and people should not be hired based on achievements but because there are too few of their color in the profession. BTW don’t you think that just the stigma of only being interviewed to satisfy a rule is embarrassing to the men who go though it when they know their not getting the job? I know I would not be happy that I was used or thought of as a pawn.

  21. dam1999sam says: Jan 4, 2011 10:47 AM

    Harbaugh has to be called to gauge interest. Harbaugh would be a great fit for this team, but not for this organization. Mr. Jones as the GM is the issue. Harbaugh is too NFL smart/savy and knows as well as we all do Mr. Jones is a terrible GM. He would insist on a credible GM and would insist on naming his own assistants. Mr. Jones the Owner would not agree to such terms and he would communicate that through Mr. Jones the GM. BTW, I like Mr. Jones the Owner just fine. It’s the GM version that has to be retired.

  22. phillyforlife says: Jan 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    @steelerdynasty2010
    damn how i go tired of have conversation with somone who does not read or comperhend so I stopped read at this point ” i think singletary made a poor choice for his first HC gig. trying to turn a team around should not be your first HC job, period…so point taken, but i really dont think there was any way he was going to be successful there.” Because I take from that, that you think a 1st year should not take a job if it is a bad team um why do ya think the team was looking for coach in the first place Andy Reid took over a 3 win team and turned it around in 1 year and he had not previous expirence with that team Singletary was promoted from in team team he coached and it was not all that bad not a good team but had some pieces in place and he blew it. And now the real truth if it was not for an career most not all but of these black athletes that used sports not brains to get out of the hood would be either drug addicts, dearlers or dead face it its sad fact that poor blacks want to blame society for there lack of motivation plenty of whites do the same there called red necks. And to prove that I mentioned Obama yesterday here more the LT.governer of Fl was sworn today not only is she black but yep you guessed it a woman so if ya pay attention in school and use your head ya might get an opportunity that a fact you pig headed moron.

  23. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2011 2:46 PM

    ok, get your typing and punctuation skills up before you criticize my intelligence and be a grown up, dont resort to name calling…particularly when you repeatedly try to paint an entire race of people with one brush.
    mike has had ONE losing season in his tenure with the team. and had them within reach of winning the division (which is admittedly poor, but the winner did so with only 7 wins which is just one more than SF ended up with this year) , never had a stable offensive coordinator and a, make that several, qbs that the jury’s still out on. and losing frank gore late didnt help matters (especially with their poor qb play), and andy reid went 5-11 in his first full season as coach (not to mention that they had donovan mcnabb…are you really trying to put any of SFs qbs in the same conversation with McNabb???), mike was 8-8. he only bombed this year. so what else ya got cuz that was a swing and a miss? but i dont really have a problem with him being fired. again, i’ll concede he was overmatched..not sure why that bothers you so much…
    BIG difference between winning a PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION and being elected Lt. Governor of a state, but i guess you really feel like that drives your point home, so good job! according to your logic, EVERYONE with a degree/formal education should have a job. seen the unemployment numbers lately? i guess those must all be the black people you described and “rednecks”
    i’m a pig headed moron but you BELIEVE that:
    “the real truth if it was not for an career most not all but of these black athletes that used sports not brains to get out of the hood would be either drug addicts, dearlers or dead face it its sad fact that poor blacks want to blame society for there lack of motivation”
    – nice attempt at trying to soften the blow by including “rednecks”. the fact that you feel like you had to give them a special classification of “white” says a lot about how you really feel tough guy. what next, gonna invite me over to your house to beat me up?

  24. phillyforlife says: Jan 4, 2011 3:50 PM

    And i would put mcnabb in with as was proved this year by his play you see Reid made him look good like every qb he had play for him um AJ feely even suceeded under him. and if 7 wins is division and you cant beat it you suck the 9’er also had B.Westbrook same quality as Gore. Dont get me wrong I like Mike always have great player, but things you dont as a PROFESONAL COACH lets see pull your pants down in front of them , let them argue with you on the field during a game you will never suceed with that kind of leadership. And I never grouped a whole race in one bunch just said why the pool is smaller and you bothered to comperhend the fact is I included whites in the bunch.

  25. diehardskinfan21 says: Jan 4, 2011 8:35 PM

    @cowboys4life:
    You were one of those idiot cowgirl fans touting that you would be playing the super bowl at home. Where are the girls watching the game? Home? Luxury Box?
    The girls won 11 games in 09?? Right?
    The girls followed that up in their super bowl playing hyped 2010 season by winning 6 games. Is this a positive direction?

    You are right, the skins have been a laughing stock, however if you look at history and you all do have the regular season edge. The Skins own the cowgirls in the post season. The Skins have also gone out and hired a real coach and GM. Now he didn’t light the world on fire, but he is headed in a positive direction instead of a negative one.
    While you have rose colored glasses on like all dumb ass cowgirl fans do you see that things are going to turn around because Jerry Jones takes sexy picks. You forget that your o-line is ancient and was mostly a siv, ask Tony Romo’s shoulder. Your secondary is terrible, and your number one receiver in Austin got a case of the dropsies. That is objective non-biased football watching. You should try it.
    At best depending on the draft and Shanahan having another year with the Skins they will be 8-8.
    With the way you all have things figured the girls will win 1 game. I will explain cause I know you are confused…… 2009=11 wins, 2010=6 wins, 2011=1 win. You will need a lot more than red jesus to bring you out of the cellar. I am glad that Leather face has chosen him by all reports to be the next coach. Your franchise is a joke and so is that stadium. Which you probably have never been to.

    GO SKINS!!!!

  26. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:43 PM

    i dont think anyone has ever questioned andy reid’s skills as a great developer of qbs…look at what he’s done for mike vick..
    B. westbrook and frank gore are the same quality???? you’re not serious are you? they’re both great backs, but not the same back by any stretch…they’d be a great compliment to one another though.
    AGAIN…we agree that mike did a poor job coaching the team. i think he chose a bad situation that he was not, at this point in his career, ready to handle and turn around. from what i gather, your take on it is because he didnt take hard enough classes in college (you never offered an explanation on why you think he did so poorly, so i’m admittedly guessing)? his performance is indicative of HIS preparedness (or lack therof) for the job, not ALL black people, educated or otherwise, and not ALL former players. no moreso than matt millen is representative of all white GMs or GMs who were former players. race does not have anything to do with your ability to coach the game, no matter your educational background. it’s your understanding of the game, the ability to teach it, and at the NFL level, the ability to be an effective leader of men (not just players, but your assistant coaches must buy in as well. as a manager, i’m sure you can identify with that) that determines your success. i have no doubt that an education can enhance it, but what you majored in or what classes you took to fulfill your sciences requirement will not make you a great coach. my father in law is an engineer with a phd and he thinks teams should pass 100% of the time and go for two every other td. because he’s white with an advanced degree, does that make him qualified to coach an nfl team? what if you eliminate race? still a no? then you see my point.
    you are correct, i mischaracterized your statements. you did not paint “all” black people with one brush, just “most”…several times…just own it. i still fail to understand how including whites in your argument explains why you think the pool of black applicants is “smaller”. it’s why i pointed to it as a weak attempt to sound unbiased.

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