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Uncertainty still looms over Jason Garrett in Dallas

Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones AP

The news that Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett has applied for the head-coaching job at Delaware meshes with a weekend report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is pushing coach Jason Garrett to give up play-calling duties and possibly to fire his brother, John.

Per Mort, John Garrett has been calling around the league for other jobs; the effort to become the head coach at Delaware may simply be another example of John Garrett looking for a landing spot.

The deeper question remains whether Jones is trying to craft a pretext for parting ways with Jason Garrett.  It’s one thing for Jerry Jones to flat-out fire Jason Garrett.  It’s another thing for Jones to want Jason Garrett to make changes, for Jason Garrett to decline, and for the two men to decide as a matter of basic business realities that they simply can’t work together.

It appears less rash and impulsive if the end result appears (or at least plausibly can be sold) as mutual.  Even if it really isn’t.

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  1. allascowboys says: Jan 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    This picture is awesome.

  2. matman13 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Man up, Jerry. I’m excited that you’re actually entertaining the thought of letting Jason go. His offensive philosophy tends to ignore the run, which only adds pressure to Romo. Hire a guy that focuses on establishing the run as a means of setting up the pass. Also, make sure he’s a disciplinarian. No more players’ coaches, please.

  3. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Great pic. Again, Garrett has to go. But positive change rides on Jones acting like a real GM and bringing in a proven HC with and give up wanting a puppet so he can micro manage.

    Not sure Jerry is capable of this…

  4. ygkr85 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    This is what happens when you don’t make the playoffs and don’t win championships.

  5. daninms says: Jan 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Doesn’t matter. We Cowboys fans are just screw-didly-dood until Jerry sees the light. (Which I doubt he will)

    Nice pic BTW. lol

  6. lightofkolob says: Jan 16, 2013 9:31 AM

    Jason Garrett is the worst coach in the NFL; I hope the Cowboys keep him.

  7. mungman69 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:37 AM

    Jerry, your team is a mess and it because of you.

  8. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 16, 2013 9:39 AM

    the only way jerry boy could be firing garrett this late in the game is if he has a superbowl winning coach behind the screen…

  9. jamaltimore says: Jan 16, 2013 9:39 AM

    It’s time for Jerry to be full time on the sideline! He needs to be GM and Head Coach! No more dancing around things it’s now or never to turn the cowboys into a 100% three ring circus!

  10. macgee10 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:40 AM

    Jerry jones can’t work with anymore. The Cowboys will never get over the hump with him as the owner. As far as tony romo is concerned I’ve lost a lot of faith in him as well.

  11. dryzzt23 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:40 AM

    Jerry Jones runs a non-profit enterprise that does not receive public funding, therefore he can run it how he wants.

  12. brohamma says: Jan 16, 2013 9:41 AM

    Lovie Smith is still, unbelievably, available.

  13. nwofolife says: Jan 16, 2013 9:44 AM

    matman13 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Man up, Jerry. I’m excited that you’re actually entertaining the thought of letting Jason go. His offensive philosophy tends to ignore the run, which only adds pressure to Romo. Hire a guy that focuses on establishing the run as a means of setting up the pass. Also, make sure he’s a disciplinarian. No more players’ coaches, please.

    ……………………………………………………………
    You actualy described Tom Cable. He’s the only assistant coach on the Seahawks I would hire.

    Bevell had to be told to go watch Shanahan in Washington and install the read option. And he still holds the offense back with his conservative play calling.

    Gus Bradley wasn’t doin jack until Carroll came along and fixed his defense.

    Funny all these teams are courting the wrong Seahawks assistants.

  14. practicesquadprobowler says: Jan 16, 2013 9:44 AM

    If Jerry is trying to push the Garrett’s out, why isn’t he firing Judd Garrett? After all, he’s the Director of Pro Scouting.

  15. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jan 16, 2013 9:46 AM

    We need another team to laugh at now the Jets car crash has come to a stop –

    Why, Jerry, thanks for volunteering!

  16. realfootballfan says: Jan 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    Monte Kiffin, Bill Callahan, both former Gruden assistants.

    This definitely could happen even late into March. You never know with Jerry.

  17. hartcarluncarlun says: Jan 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    who cares….the whole franchise is a mess starting with the drunk owner and the soft, average QB. Dallas will never have real coach bc he won’t be able to coach.

  18. bucrightoff says: Jan 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Worst owner in sports. I mean Donald Sterling is still worse in many ways, but at least the Clippers field an exciting, competitive team.

  19. romo2witten says: Jan 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Jason Garrett isn’t going anywhere. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. Any story about the Cowboys is good for page clicks even if the story has no factual basis.

  20. realfootballfan says: Jan 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    matman13,

    No they’re not. Tom Cable was a disaster as an HC until Hue Jackson took over his offense in Oakland, not to mention him being ahorrible college head coach. Oh yea, and there’s that whole beating his wife and assaulting co-workers thing, too.

    Anyone touting that psycho path for a head coaching job is out to lunch.

  21. gridassassin says: Jan 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Lovie Smith will end up in Dallas one way or another.

  22. franktherat96 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:58 AM

    I love it when there is trouble in Cowboyville.

  23. Troll_toll says: Jan 16, 2013 10:02 AM

    what a picture! Until Jerry has the big one this franchise is a lost cause….and I for one am loving every second of it.

  24. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 16, 2013 10:06 AM

    practicesquadprobowler says: Jan 16, 2013 9:44 AM

    If Jerry is trying to push the Garrett’s out, why isn’t he firing Judd Garrett? After all, he’s the Director of Pro Scouting.
    _____________________________________
    Look at our players in the last 3 drafts and maybe you will understand. Talent is not what the team lacks, and scouts don’t coach. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

  25. realdealsteel says: Jan 16, 2013 10:11 AM

    Jason Garrett should be ashamed of himself. He’s just a younger version of Norv Turner. These type of coaches just ball wash the owners to get their jobs. They have no leadership skills and no attention to detail.

    Doesn’t matter what Jones does; as long as Jerry Jones chooses to be the GM of this team, they will never do anything. They are the running joke of the NFL.

  26. miriam45 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:15 AM

    Jerry should first hire a GM who would have authority to fire both Jerry & Jason

  27. dragus84 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    It’s absolutely mind blowing that Jerry can’t see Garrett is a major problem… then again maybe it’s not cause Jerry is the new Al Davis.

    Garrett’s play calling is so predictable. And for all the blame Romo gets, it’s pretty hard to have an effective passing game without the threat of a run. Romo may not be the best closer around, but he can certainly make plays and make the throws that need to be made. The problem is when teams KNOW you are going to pass it puts a ton of pressure on the QB (not to mention one of the worst Olines in the league). A good coach could use the weapons Dallas has properly and get the most out of it.

    Garrett’s poor play calling and awful game and clock management have cost the cowboys far too many games.

  28. ppc50 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    In regards to the TE coach, he should be fired immediately. The lack
    of development with Bennett, now with a rival, and the lack of using Hanna’s skills is reason enough. Witten has been a pro for years and this guy, who got his job because of his brother and father, needs to move on. Jason Garrett should be fired as well. He terrible game plans, predictable offense, horrible time management, lack of accountability and discipline in his players, and the same speech after every loss – “three phases” and “we need to improve in 3 areas” has to end. He blew a couple of games this year and 4-5 last year. He was lucky to get the head coaching job and failed as an OC as well. Nothing personal, but Jones has to fire both and hire someone fairly quick. Jon Gruden, Lovie Smith, and others are available. Please Jones fire the Garretts!!!

  29. craigkintexas says: Jan 16, 2013 10:18 AM

    A lot of you keep talking about Jerry this and Jerry that. The only thing Jerry cares about is revenue. Quit going to the games, stop buying his stuff! Then and only then will the ego maniac change.

  30. malab377 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:19 AM

    I heard that Jerry will be the next HC of the Boy’s. Seems legit. After all, it’s his money…

  31. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    Garrett turned down the Ravens head coaching job because he wanted to wait to stay in Dallas and eventually become the head coach.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  32. dexterismyhero says: Jan 16, 2013 10:28 AM

    Rex Ryan for head Coach. We need another circus in 2013!!!!!!

  33. ccjcsr says: Jan 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    Anytime a Team is mediocre at best Like my Cowboys then there will always be speculation to who’s going to be coaching!

  34. roywilliams31jr says: Jan 16, 2013 10:31 AM

    So let me get this straight, the Cowboys won’t win under Jerry Jones’ ownership, but they won 3 Super Bowls already under his ownership. Think McFly! Psssst, only one team – each year – can win a Super Bowl. So in the last 10 years only the Giants, Packers, Saints, Steelers, Patriots, Colts, and Bucs. That is a whopping 7 teams out of 320 others (with repeat offenders qualifying as essentially the “same” team). Yes, you don’t like Jerry Jones, I get it. Please just shut up about how senile and how bad an owner he is. He’s won 3 Superbowls, name another owner in the History of the NFL who has won more then Jerry. I am waiting for your answers…

  35. 1oldpro says: Jan 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    The author’s premise that Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones can’t “work together” is badly flawed. One does not work together with Jerry Jones, one works “for” Jerry Jones.

  36. musicman495 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    I guess Jerry has found out there are 7 more CFL head coaches he can choose from.

  37. musicman495 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:42 AM

    roywilliams31jr says: Jan 16, 2013 10:31 AM

    He’s won 3 Superbowls, name another owner in the History of the NFL who has won more then Jerry. I am waiting for your answers…
    ——————————–
    Uh, how many Super Bowls has Jerry the GM won? I am waiting for your answer…

    Jerry won 3 Super Bowls thanks to Jimmy Johnson and a pin head GM in Minnesota that traded 132 players for Hershel Walker that netted Jerry a handful of Hall of Famers.

    Since then, nada.

  38. killitandeatit says: Jan 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    The similarities are striking between the crash of the Raider organization and the downward death spiral of the Dallas Cowboys. If Mr.Davis could reign over a complete collapse Jerry appears to be just getting the party started. If Mr. Davis, with a complete football pedigree, can fall victim to pretending everything is fine I’m sure Mr. Jones can pull this off with limited football knowledge.
    Jon Gruden is still available and he should be made the G.M. of the Cowboys. The longer Jones waits the harder any rebuild will be for a number of reasons. The Cowboy response to a remedy has been slow and indecisive .

  39. countduku says: Jan 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    What are you waiting for Jerry, Get rid of Garrett and hire Lovie Smith. Your defense will be great, and the offense is already good enough to succeed. Pull the trigger already…..It’s a no brainer.

  40. texasshriner says: Jan 16, 2013 11:01 AM

    The ONLY thing Jerry does well is kissing his mirror every morning and saying what a wonderful job her’s doing running the Dallas Cowboys…

  41. thewizardofbs says: Jan 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    It’s the Parsells’ Curse. He was at the Jets, then Dallas, then Miami and all three organizations suck. How could one man do so much lasting damage?

  42. commonsensedude says: Jan 16, 2013 11:12 AM

    For the first time in my life as a lifelong ‘Skins fans, I feel sorry for Cowboys fans. Jerry Jones is, amazingly, even more of a cancer for the Cowboys than Dan Snyder ever was for Washington. HE is the one and only constant that has been in place over the Cowboys’ nearly two decades of mediocrity. While he is willing to fire anyone else for the teams inconsistency, he refuses to take himself out of the way.

    As long as the Cowboys organization remains in the kung-fu grip of Jerry Jones and his spawn, they are going to have a hard time attracting the type of coaching and front-office leadership necessary to return to its glory days. And it’s sad.

  43. stonedwhitetrash says: Jan 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    Just as long as Jerry Jones is raking in money he will show the world he is the boss and they know where to go. ~ This has always been a problem with the first generation wealthy

  44. totallydisgusted says: Jan 16, 2013 11:21 AM

    Remember when the Redskins and Raiders were the ineptly run, joke of the league, franchises. Welcome to mediocrity hell Cowboys. Don’t get me wrong. Cowboys have been inept and mediocre for years. It just took ESPN and Cowboy fans a decade or so to catch up.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 16, 2013 11:24 AM

    Interesting theory that makes sense but I get the feeling Garrett is going to be around for at least one more year. I’ve not been impressed with Garrett so far but Jones doesn’t seem ready to pull the trigger just yet.

  46. strokeytheclown says: Jan 16, 2013 11:40 AM

    Uh oh, cue the Gruden rumors!

  47. gridassassin says: Jan 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    The Bears just hired away his special teams coach also.

  48. tedbo68 says: Jan 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Wow Florio, You really don’t like the Cowboys to be manufacturing one story after another….MOVE ON

  49. roywilliams31jr says: Jan 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    Uh, how many Super Bowls has Jerry the GM won? I am waiting for your answer…

    Jerry won 3 Super Bowls thanks to Jimmy Johnson and a pin head GM in Minnesota that traded 132 players for Hershel Walker that netted Jerry a handful of Hall of Famers.

    Since then, nada.

    Let’s see, Jerry was the GM and overseer of all the football matters for the Dallas Cowboys once he fired Tom Landry and ousted Tex Schramm as the GM back in 1989, do have any idea what you’re talking about?

    PS : who was it that hired Jimmy Johnson back in 1989 to be head coach of the Cowboys, here’s a hint – he was also the owner and GM. He’s won 3 Superbowls in his current role. Now, I answered your question, how about answering mine. What NFL owner has won more SuperBowls the Jerry Jones. Take your time, but try to respond with something more intelligent and researched than your last post – which was obviously made in pure ignorance.

  50. Brinke says: Jan 16, 2013 12:04 PM

    Holmgren looms.

  51. Bearfan54 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Lovie Smith will be the next coach if Garret goes. Mark my words.
    He’s from Big Sandy Texas.

  52. speedlimit41 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    I miss Tom Landry

  53. aray3rd says: Jan 16, 2013 12:38 PM

    Jerry Jones, a study in micro-management to the extreme. What has all of Jerry’s meddling produced anyway? Bring back Landry!!

  54. etexfisherman48 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    Excited to let Jason Garrett go! Don’t you people get it? It is all about Jerry getting himself another yes man and/or fall guy so he can continue to be the GM and Coach behind the scenes. Jerry Jones not only likes telling players how to play but he also likes getting into their socks and jocks. He coaches and lets the coach take the blame when his stupidity is revealed. Heck I would do that for a lot less money than he pays the other guys.

  55. raleighdevil says: Jan 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    Roy doesn’t seem to understand that Jimmy Johnson was responsible for the personnel decisions at that time. Perhaps he didn’t read that story in which Johnson pointed out that truth. Jones gets credit for hiring Johnson but also has to live with the results after Johnson left. You can’t have it both ways.

  56. kev86 says: Jan 16, 2013 1:19 PM

    too early to sell Giants 2013 nfc east champs t-shirts?

  57. ipitydafu says: Jan 16, 2013 1:32 PM

    “roywilliams31jr says: Jan 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    Uh, how many Super Bowls has Jerry the GM won? I am waiting for your answer…

    Jerry won 3 Super Bowls thanks to Jimmy Johnson and a pin head GM in Minnesota that traded 132 players for Hershel Walker that netted Jerry a handful of Hall of Famers.

    Since then, nada.

    Let’s see, Jerry was the GM and overseer of all the football matters for the Dallas Cowboys once he fired Tom Landry and ousted Tex Schramm as the GM back in 1989, do have any idea what you’re talking about?

    PS : who was it that hired Jimmy Johnson back in 1989 to be head coach of the Cowboys, here’s a hint – he was also the owner and GM. He’s won 3 Superbowls in his current role. Now, I answered your question, how about answering mine. What NFL owner has won more SuperBowls the Jerry Jones. Take your time, but try to respond with something more intelligent and researched than your last post – which was obviously made in pure ignorance.”
    —————————————————-

    I will answer your question.

    Eddie Debartolo Jr – 5 Superbowls won.

    Now apologize and go away. Jerry Jones had nothing to do with those SB wins. It was all Jimmy Johnson.

  58. nflgiant says: Jan 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Who is smarter Jerry Jones or Jerry Springer,??

  59. ijahru says: Jan 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    Garrett and Romo have run that offense for how many years without playoff success yet you get rid of Rob Ryan who is a good defensive coordinator? I think Jerry is trying to save face after touting how awesome ROmo and Garrett are. Jerry really needs to hire Jimmy Johnson to run his personnel department if he ever wants the Cowboys to succeed.

  60. solomon151 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Jan 16, 2013 9:53 AM
    Worst owner in sports. I mean Donald Sterling is still worse in many ways, but at least the Clippers field an exciting, competitive team.
    ————————————————–
    Dude if your a fan of the Bucs, YOu need to worry about them. And as far as Jerry being the worst, Three superbowls, a host of division titles and a gang of hall of famers. Not many can say that.

  61. mrslay1 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    Two words…BILL COWHER

  62. woodhogger says: Jan 16, 2013 10:09 PM

    Fire him!!!

  63. mungman69 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:30 AM

    Hey Jerry: Why don’t you hire every coach that you can?

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