Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has heard the questions about whether he could fire Jason Garrett, and he’s not happy about them.
Asked on KRLD-FM today whether he might make a change at head coach if the Cowboys miss the playoffs, Jones offered a testy response.
“That is not a question worth responding to,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Then Jones proceeded to respond to the question.
“The answer is no,” Jones said. “We are just getting started here.”
Of course, Jones has been known to flip-flop such matters. In October of last year, Jones said Wade Phillips was safe. In November, Jones fired Phillips and replaced him with Garrett. Jones also famously changed his mind about Terrell Owens, going from supporting Owens as an integral part of the Cowboys’ offense to sending Owens packing.
Jones acknowledged that he’s frustrated that the Cowboys have now lost five games this season in which they had a fourth-quarter lead, and that questionable decisions late in the last two games have cost the Cowboys their lead in the NFC East.
“I would have liked to have closed it out right now,” Jones said. “If we won the last two games, that would have happened.”
Jones’ frustration will surely grow considerably if the Cowboys fail to reach the playoffs. Garrett would prefer not to find out whether a late-season swoon would result in Jones changing his mind.