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Jason Garrett happy to make changes

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On Wednesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that it would be “uncomfortable” around the team in the coming days and weeks as he tries to make changes that will break the team “out of that cycle” of finishing in the middle of the pack.

When you’re talking about making changes to break out of cycles, the head coach is always one of the first places you look so it’s no surprise that Jason Garrett fielded some questions about Jones’ comments on Thursday. It’s even less of a surprise to hear him embrace the idea, presumably in hopes that one of the changes isn’t to his employment status.

“If we think collectively that something can help us in doing something different than we’re doing it now — that’s going to make us a better football team — I’m open to it,” Garrett said on KRLD, via ESPNDallas.com. “I’ve made no bones about that from the beginning. I just believe in that from the bottom of my heart.”

Garrett said “anything and everything” is up for discussion, which would include the possibility of adding an offensive coordinator to take play calling duties away from Garrett. Garrett said earlier this week that he didn’t anticipate making a change on that front, although an angry boss can have a way of making you reassess the situation.

There’s change after every season in the NFL, it’s really a question of magnitude. Jones sounded like a man ready to make big changes, but his actions haven’t always meshed with his words in the past. If they do this time, Garrett sounds ready to implement them.

Assuming, of course, he isn’t one of them.

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49 Responses to “Jason Garrett happy to make changes”
  1. jwilliamsspf says: Jan 3, 2013 5:50 PM

    This headline sounds like something out of the Stepford Wives.

  2. hsteacher says: Jan 3, 2013 5:54 PM

    Do these two have to go through the media to talk?

  3. jpack1974 says: Jan 3, 2013 5:56 PM

    he should be “happy” Happy that he is still the HC.

  4. stevemdlthn says: Jan 3, 2013 5:58 PM

    The change that needs to be made will never happen. Jones will never let football people do their job. He won’t fire himself or Junior. It’s hard to be a good chef when you can’t buy the groceries…….

  5. putyournameonit says: Jan 3, 2013 6:01 PM

    Of course he is happy with changes, as long as he has a job when the dust settles.

  6. thehungariancrippler says: Jan 3, 2013 6:05 PM

    The most necessary change is the one that won’t happen…Jerry hiring a real G.M. to replace the slapdick who’s been pretending to be a G.M. for the past 20 years.

  7. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    Jason Garrett=Master of the obvious.
    The Cowboys will not be a true contender until they make two changes. Tony has to go. He’s not a bad quarterback, but he doesn’t execute when it’s most needed. And Jerry Jones must go (and not put his son in charge). There is a reason why family businesses usually don’t make it past two generations. Just because one was successful at something (in Jones’ case oil/gas) doesn’t make them good at something else. And just because one owns a business doesn’t mean they know how to run it (see Dan Snyder for both examples above). I’m a Skins fan so I hope neither of these changes take place, but they are what’s needed.

  8. chawk12thman says: Jan 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    Garrett has only one more year, or less, to right the ship or it gets even more uncomfortable.

  9. sminco123 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    playcalling is not the problem in dallas. breakdowns are. a play here, a play there. both sides of the ball.

  10. backindasaddle says: Jan 3, 2013 6:16 PM

    Jason Garrett is the reason for them being a mediocre team. They have no passion. I mean just look at him. He’s about as animated as a turnip and I don’t think he brings any fire or passion to the process. I think this guy is an OC and not a HC. Of course with Jerry Jones running the show…with his big fat ego… any HC who is not a complete puppet will be problematic. Jason Garrett is Jerry’s perfect little puppet and is a non-threat to Jerry’s massive ego. So I suppose you could say he’s at least got that much going for him in Dallas. However, if you look at this guy objectively without the Jerry/ego/puppet factor, I just don’t believe Garrett knows how to motivate the players.

  11. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 3, 2013 6:20 PM

    Play calling is certainly a factor. Garrett abandoned a running game that had 100 yards by the end of the 3rd quarter and both backs were over 4 yards a carry. He consistently undervalues a running game despite the huge evidence supporting the need.

    Dallas got over 200 yards rushing against Baltimore, and that was with Murray missing most of the game. That line CAN run block when motivated and when given an effective play scheme.

    But coaches who run the ball don’t get the ‘genius’ label, so running isn’t important to him.

  12. ezg1 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:21 PM

    Everything seems to be functing quite well, just the way they have been since 1996!
    HTTR

  13. jpb12 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:25 PM

    He wasn’t in the Bahamas?

  14. bobloblaw says: Jan 3, 2013 6:29 PM

    If the Cowboys can simply pile up more points early in games than it would take the pressure off Romo in the 4th quarter. The Cowboys need to look at some high-scoring offenses like they have in Green Bay, New Orleans and New England.

  15. countduku says: Jan 3, 2013 6:31 PM

    I hate to have to do Jerry Jones’s homework for him, but why hasn’t Lovie Smith already been hired as the HC, with Garrett either staying as the OC, or getting a pink slip. It just seems like the perfect fit just waiting to happen.

  16. amaf21 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:32 PM

    wow that’s a surprise said no one ever.

  17. ppc50 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:34 PM

    Garrett is extremely lucky to be head coach, on any NFL team, not to mention the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator or QB coach for that matter. The guy is a terrible offensive mind. 3rd and 2, throw a 25 yard fade – happened multiple times. His time management is terrible, Romo “kills” every play and the clock runs to one or zero – every time. You never see Brady, Rodgers, or Manning – with his multiple audibles – snapping the ball with less than 5 secs on the play clock. It gives an advantage to the defense as well. Opposing defenses have stated that they know exactly what play he is going to call. There are so many faults to his overall management of the team and game plan. The constant penalties, lack of desire and accountability when mistakes are made, and always looking at his play sheet when he should be focused on the field and his players. He cost the Cowboys 4-5 games last year and 2-3 three this season. Now he has the audacity to say “it’s ok” if his boss wants to make changes. Enough is enough, Jerry Jones has been patient enough – FIRE HIM!! Norv Turner as OC, Ryan still at DC, and Gruden or Holmgren – if they want the job – as head coach

  18. mazblast says: Jan 3, 2013 6:35 PM

    Jason Garrett will say whatever Jerry Jones wants him to say and tells him to say, because Garrett knows that the only reason he’s not coaching in D-III is Jerry’s evidence-free conviction that Jason is a genius.

    Garrett has had a free ride with the Cowboys since his college days ended, without notable accomplishment as a player, assistant, coordinator, or head coach. Now he’s faced with actually having to possibly find a job based on his qualifications, and it scares the heck out of him, as it does most Ivy League poseurs.

    I think Garrett will manage to retain his job, since firing him would be an admission of error by the infallible Jerrah. However, some assistants are bound to take the fall.

  19. pftsovietstylecensorship says: Jan 3, 2013 6:41 PM

    Thank you, Sir, may I have another!

  20. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 3, 2013 6:42 PM

    “why hasn’t Lovie Smith already been hired as the HC”

    He was just fired for years of incompetence.

  21. riverhorsey says: Jan 3, 2013 6:44 PM

    Jones needs to hire Jon Gruden and put Garrett to bed. Honestly don’t think Garrett is going to get much done.

  22. bobcatter23 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:45 PM

    Changes need to be made. I think a head coach calling all the plays, plus watching the defense,special teams etc. is too much. Norv Turner is out there, lets get him!!!

  23. burgandy2260 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:48 PM

    Oh Jason! Nothing beats back pedaling at its finest. The king has spoken and if you go against the king then you get kicked out of the kingdom! Not to mention your inability to be a productive HC. We all know that once you’re out of Dallas then any chance for another HC job is down the crapper right along with the kings inability to make good decisions!

  24. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 3, 2013 6:51 PM

    “Jones needs to hire Jon Gruden”

    In god’s name, WHY? Another fired coach who’s been out of the league for YEARs. Who was never able to draft or develop a QB. Who won a SB with Dungy’s team and the Raider playbook and then watched as the team deteriated.

    Give up on Gruden.

  25. itsmammoth says: Jan 3, 2013 6:53 PM

    Jimmie Johnson – Mean Coach = Superbowls

    Bill Parcells – Mean Coach = Turn around cut short by Jerry Jones in is power struggle.

    Cupcake coach after cupcake coach… do you not see the obvious trend here? They need someone who can light a fire underneath these divas. When you play for the Dallas Cowboys you feel like you don’t have to try, you’ve already “made it”. They need a coach that will have everyone on a short leash, that doesn’t care what your name or rep might be. Jerry Jones and the coaches are the reasons for these players struggles. Tony Romo learned so much from Bill Parcells and Sean Payton.. .and since then…? nada. Jerry Jones has to give up his throne and let this franchise get back to hard nose football!

  26. chad504boy says: Jan 3, 2013 6:53 PM

    Dallas should throw big coordinator money at Sean Payton’s mini-me Pete Car Jr

  27. countduku says: Jan 3, 2013 6:58 PM

    BringBackTheFlex says:
    Jan 3, 2013 6:42 PM
    “why hasn’t Lovie Smith already been hired as the HC”

    He was just fired for years of incompetence.
    ————————————————–

    He went to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his QB…18 games over .500 as a head coach….He also has a “NFL Coach of the Year” award on his mantlepiece at home. They don’t just hand those out at training camps everywhere. Do some homework next time you dummy.

  28. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 3, 2013 7:00 PM

    The only thing that is going to make a difference is going to be difficult for you, Mr. Jones. You must remove yourself as GM of football operations, Sir.

    However, the rest of the NFC, particularly the teams you will face next year, would prefer that you continue your role as General Manager.
    Additionally, please continue to make your presence known on the sidelines of the cowboys.

    Good things happen.

  29. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Jan 3, 2013 7:01 PM

    The o nly changing jason will be doing is jerrys diapers

  30. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 3, 2013 7:04 PM

    countduku says:
    Jan 3, 2013 6:58 PM
    BringBackTheFlex says:
    Jan 3, 2013 6:42 PM
    “why hasn’t Lovie Smith already been hired as the HC”

    He was just fired for years of incompetence.
    ————————————————–

    He went to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his QB…18 games over .500 as a head coach….He also has a “NFL Coach of the Year” award on his mantlepiece at home. They don’t just hand those out at training camps everywhere. Do some homework next time you dummy.
    ———————————-

    By your reasoning, Reid should never have been fired, Gruden should never have been fired, Shanahan should have never been fired, Billick should have never been fired, ….

    I repeat, Smith was just fired for years of incompetence.

  31. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 3, 2013 7:06 PM

    Re: “cupcake coaches”.

    Dungy was a fairly soft spoken coach. So is Belicek.

  32. skinsgal4life says: Jan 3, 2013 7:10 PM

    Garrett would be happiest if Jerry sold the team!

  33. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 3, 2013 7:12 PM

    countduku says:
    Regarding hiring of Lovie Smith…

    Why was he fired by the Bears? Did they fire him because he was a great HC and was a former COTY and took his team to the SB awhile ago?

    Or did they fire him because he was incompetent?

  34. SparkyGump says: Jan 3, 2013 7:13 PM

    The Cowboys are going to be a .500 team as long as Jerry runs the show.

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 3, 2013 7:18 PM

    Jason willing to make any changes except one. The head coach. If they bring in an offensive coordinator then what do they need him for?

    Jason took it easy on his players all season and protected them so now someone must be held accountable. Sorry Jason but it may be you.

  36. delshofner says: Jan 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    The only guy named Jones that’s “uncomfortable” is Felix.

  37. TheWizard says: Jan 3, 2013 7:21 PM

    They’re going to make big changes, just not the GM, coach, or quarterback.

    Ok.

  38. tominma says: Jan 3, 2013 7:27 PM

    Nothing wrong with the Cowboys that a new non-meddling owner wouldnt cure!! Jones just doesnt get it.

  39. rdirt says: Jan 3, 2013 7:29 PM

    Whatever it takes for the big guy to get back to the glory hole days.

  40. bert1913 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:31 PM

    The Cowboy’s have the best ventriloquist act in the NFL. (you can’t see Jerry Jone’s throat move when Garrett speaks)

  41. gdt372753 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:46 PM

    What it boils down to is this…Jimmy Johnson got the most out of his super bowl teams because he knew three things: how to motivate, how to discipline, and how to judge talent. I don’t honestly think that Garrett has any of those qualities.

  42. FinFan68 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:47 PM

    Since when has Jerry Jones been interested in “collective” thought? He is likely to view that comment as a slight from his head coach.

  43. blackngold4life says: Jan 3, 2013 7:57 PM

    I’d be happy too if I wasn’t fired! DUUH!

  44. wallacejay says: Jan 3, 2013 10:14 PM

    countduku says:Jan 3, 2013 6:58 PM

    BringBackTheFlex says:
    Jan 3, 2013 6:42 PM
    “why hasn’t Lovie Smith already been hired as the HC”

    He was just fired for years of incompetence.
    ————————————————–

    He went to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his QB…18 games over .500 as a head coach….He also has a “NFL Coach of the Year” award on his mantlepiece at home. They don’t just hand those out at training camps everywhere. Do some homework next time you dummy.
    ——————————————
    He went to the super bowl in spite of Rex being his qb

  45. cpo187 says: Jan 3, 2013 10:15 PM

    stevemdlthn says:
    Jan 3, 2013 5:58 PM
    The change that needs to be made will never happen. Jones will never let football people do their job. He won’t fire himself or Junior. It’s hard to be a good chef when you can’t buy the groceries…….

    ——————————————–

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Jerry needs to realize that he will make more money as an owner if his team is good. Loops like this.

    Jerry wants money->Jerry picks players instead of coach->team isn’t that good->Jerry doesn’t get enough money->Jerry wants money

  46. mlenenski says: Jan 3, 2013 11:34 PM

    Garrett’s number one goal should be to learn to manage the game clock.

    For that skill set, he gets an F.

    If he figures that out, Cowboys are guaranteed at least one more win next year….and would have probably made the playoffs this year if he had already assumed that responsibility.

    Probably not gonna happen.

    Then Jerry Jones gets an F.

  47. TheRichMeister says: Jan 4, 2013 3:28 PM

    I have a simple question…I don’t know the answer but it might help with this dilema:

    How many NFL teams have a HC who is also the OC?

  48. draconian1111 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    Anything and everything – just not one of the 3 things that would make a difference – no Jones, No Garrett, and no Romo.

    Excluding those possibilities, there ARE some things that can help the Cowboys a lot. How about a REAL running game? Maybe an offensive line that isn’t made of wet tissue paper? Romo had a pretty good year overall – with a bad oline and no running game. Problem with Romo isn’t the numbers – TD’s / int is okay – however – it’s the TIMING of his mistakes – put him in a must have 2 minute situation, and it’s a problem. Just like his last int – not a great play by the defense – a HORRIBLE read by the QB (and I called int right when Dallas got the ball). You need to have a QB that you EXPECT to come through in the clutch – not one that makes you surprised when he does.

  49. andylucksneck says: Jan 6, 2013 7:46 AM

    The cowboys will be irrelevant for the next decade.

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