No matter how many times Jerry Jones says it, people keep putting Jason Garrett’s name on lists of coaches that might get fired when the season ends.
It happened at PFT on Friday, the same day that Jones made his latest proclamation to the contrary. On his radio show Friday morning, Jones said that there won’t be a coaching change even if the Cowboys get routed at the Meadowlands by the Giants on Sunday night.
“That’s just ridiculous. We’re just getting started with Jason,” Jones said on 105.3 FM, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s just not the case at all. Nobody is worried about the coach’s job here. We’ll answer this thing as many ways as you want to answer it with as many circumstances, his job has no bearing and is not a part of this ballgame. Yes, he’s going to be our coach next year period no matter what the score is.”
It’s a bit surprising that Jones has had to answer this question so many different times in so many different ways. When Jones upped Garrett’s salary beyond that of other offensive coordinators to convince him to not take the Baltimore job in 2008, it was clear that the owner viewed him as a head coach-in-waiting. It doesn’t make much sense that he would suddenly change his mind about Garrett’s ability to do the job after a year-plus that’s resulted in a winning record. The team has lost some games they should have won this season, but there hasn’t been much sign that Garrett can’t do the job.
On top of that, Garrett hasn’t seemed overly uncomfortable with Jones’ desire to micromanage every detail of football operations. Jones isn’t going to change his ways, so it’s important that the team has a coach that’s willing to put up with sideline visits during games and the assorted other realities of life under Jones.
All that said, we’d expect to hear more calls for Garrett’s job should the Cowboys lose on Sunday night. If nothing Jones has said to this point hasn’t convinced the masses, they aren’t going to be convinced until Week One of the 2012 season.