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Jerry Jones disagrees that it’s a ‘win or else’ season for Garrett


Toward the end of his press conference Saturday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked by a reporter whether it was proper to say that it was a “win-or-else” season for head coach Jason Garrett, who has two years left on his contract and has yet to lead Dallas to the postseason.

Jones responded with an endorsement of his head coach, one that throws a little cold water on some of the discussion of Garrett’s job security for at least for the time being.

“It’s a mistake,” Jones said of any sentiment the Cowboys needed to win in 2013 for Garrett to be around beyond this season. “That’s not right.”

Jones went on to praise Garrett’s work with quarterback Tony Romo as well as the head coach’s attitude during “unsatisfactory times” for the organization.

“His safety net presence for what we’re doing, not only as a team, but on offense, is a big part of the plan, and it gives us a real advantage,” Jones said.

Notably, Jones said when he thinks of Garrett, he’s focused on the head coach’s tenure beyond this season.

“I look to the future with Jason, and not just through his contract that we’re sitting here with right now,” Jones said.

Of any feeling that Garrett facing an “Armageddon” season in 2013 in terms of his job security, Jones said: “It is not that with me.”

No owner publicly expresses his views more than Jones. At times, he’s panned for this. But his endorsement of Garrett on Saturday is the upside of this approach. It’s not going to stop speculation about Garrett’s long-term future, but it counters it, and that’s not a bad thing as Dallas begins camp.

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34 Responses to “Jerry Jones disagrees that it’s a ‘win or else’ season for Garrett”
  1. MichaelWrites says: Jul 20, 2013 7:55 PM

    It should be a ‘win or else’ season for the GM in Dallas, but nobody else would take that job working for that owner.

  2. raiderrob21 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:05 PM

    Weve already past the point where anyone cares what Jerry Jones has to say, or what he thinks.

  3. Stiller43 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:08 PM

    Why? The boys have been nothing to but average to below average with garrett. With a normal job, his boss would likely tell him to improve or he’s gone. I dont understand why this is any different. Its not so crazy to think an employees performance should improve.

  4. dbatrox21 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:10 PM

    The kiss of death…hello, Head Coach Callahan.

  5. floratiotime says: Jul 20, 2013 8:17 PM

    He knows the Cowboys lack the talent to win. Big of him to admit it. You have to admire that honesty.

  6. calizcowboyz says: Jul 20, 2013 8:17 PM

    I agree, stop the coaching carousel already!

    This team needs continuity, at all the coaches positions. Garrett is almost done with this total rebuild.
    I mean unless you miss Columbo, Koiser, Davis
    Brookings, James, Ball, Newman, T.O, Crayton
    Under Garrett our drafts have gotten MUCH better.
    I mean unless you dont like Lee, Carter, Claiborne,
    Dez, Murray, Smith, and all the other great kids he drafted.
    Garrett has also brought accountability, demeanor, poise, and swagger back to Dallas.
    Garretts first year = lock out season. = It doesnt count for a first year HC.
    Leave Garrett alone and let him finish what he started here. Give him at the very least three more years so we can watch his talent gell and grow!


  7. ososrule says: Jul 20, 2013 8:20 PM

    I bet Jerry disagrees with the fact that Jerry is the worst GM in the history of the NFL and it’s not a win or else season for him. Baboon brain!

  8. shadowcell says: Jul 20, 2013 8:21 PM

    Of course, Jerry will eventually fire Garrett and make himself the new head coach. And OC. And DC. Jerry Jones will be the entire coaching staff. Eventually he will start challenging Romo for the starting QB job in training camp.

  9. steelers4385 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:28 PM

    Im so baffled as to how jerry jones makes money. I mean, mabye he is a great buisness man, but when it comes to football, he is completley oblivious.

  10. kane337 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:32 PM

    The media wants Garrett fired very badly.

  11. sgtr0c says: Jul 20, 2013 8:35 PM

    As an Eagles fan, for a long time, I seen Jones win, lose, meddle, blab, interfere, be bold, be really smart, really dumb. I think he is speaking truth. He has had a lot invested in his current regime, time, money, and Garrett. Garrett has been with him as the OC, then to coach, they are working the plan. I hope they lose, but I just think currently their plan is to have Garrett coaching into 2015 at least.

  12. doublenickelz says: Jul 20, 2013 8:35 PM

    Attention all you haters!! Since Jason Garrett took over this team from that round marshmallow Philips, there has been a huge turnover in personal. ONLY 17 players remain from 2 years ago. We now have a young team with players who just want to play and not look for the headlines ala T.O.!! Just get ready to start saying how they wont go far in the playoffs, because thats where this team is headed.

  13. jsrdc says: Jul 20, 2013 8:36 PM

    “No owner publicly expresses his views more than Jones. ”

    No owner who publicly expresses his views gets more attention from the leach press than Jones – it is a two way street, Mike Wilkening.

    Regardless, this is a non-story. NO OTHER TEAM is being asked the same question by the press. Go find something of substance to write a story about. I get it it is training camp time, and you sports writers need some fluff between now and pre-season, but come on…….

  14. boogymanoflamancha says: Jul 20, 2013 8:37 PM

    I think Jerry caused his team’s “unsatisfactory times”

  15. jcmeyer10 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:39 PM

    He reported the General Manager is also not on the hot seat.

  16. jagwires says: Jul 20, 2013 8:41 PM

    Garrett is one of Jones’ good ol boys, a puppet that won’t question the authority of Jerry. One of the perks is keeping his puppet status until Jerry needs a scapegoat.

    Dallas is has and will be an overrated underachiever as long as the current leadership is in place.

  17. buddybowl69 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:48 PM

    Jerruh has emasculated Garrett to the point that he has no say as to what is done on the team.

    He no longer is allowed to call the plays. Has no say as to personnel. He is told what players WILL play or not.

    Garrett is now the perfect coach for Jerruh and his Cowboys. He is the ultimate Yes-Man, with no backbone to stand up to the tyrant Jones.

  18. scandiman says: Jul 20, 2013 8:49 PM

    Should be “win or else” for JJ. Nothing worse that a controlling micromanager for a boss. That leadership style tends to limit people from reaching their full potential.

    Jerry is the de Facto Owner, GM and the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and he has no one to blame but himself. However, those type of leaders are always quick to throw others under the bus and never truly look at themselves.

  19. wryly1 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:54 PM

    Cowboys aren’t gonna be a playoff team till they replace the guy that makes all the football decisions — Jerrah.

  20. kd75 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:57 PM

    This from a guy who fired his head coach after he won two straight Super Bowls…?

  21. kd75 says: Jul 20, 2013 8:59 PM

    And Fired Tom Landry…?

    Yea Jason Garrett. You job is safe. Don’t worry about a thing.

  22. 12strikes says: Jul 20, 2013 9:10 PM

    Dear Jerry..
    Please make no changes to the coach or GM.
    NFC East

  23. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    “Funny that’s what he said about me last year.”
    Sincerely, Rob Ryan

  24. gdeli says: Jul 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    Should be a make or break season for Jerry Jones and then He’s out of there!

  25. thetooloftools says: Jul 20, 2013 9:36 PM

    This is the same guy who once said “I would fire him” when talking about his skills as a GM.
    Good Luck Dallas.
    He’s still yours !

  26. jacunn2000 says: Jul 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    As a Dallas fan since I was a child in the 70’s I am really growing weary of JJ. Win or gtfo JJ. You are losing life long fans of a great orginzation.

  27. glazerh8er says: Jul 20, 2013 10:02 PM

    That’s because he’s your perfect yes man coach.

  28. gpete1962 says: Jul 20, 2013 10:47 PM

    It’s the kiss of death when JJ says “I’ve got your back”

  29. str8cashomie17 says: Jul 20, 2013 11:00 PM

    Jerrah is dooming this franchise like Al did the Raiders in his last years.

  30. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 21, 2013 12:45 AM

    As a Giants fan, I love this article. Florid needs to give Mike Wilkening a raise. I’m printing this out and posting it on the fridge. This is so great.

  31. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jul 21, 2013 7:48 AM

    Jerry’s “aware of some things that make sense”

  32. seabreezes51 says: Jul 21, 2013 8:44 AM

    Stay strong Jerry, live forever!

  33. solomon151 says: Jul 21, 2013 9:13 AM

    Since 2000, the Cowboys has only had five losing seasons. That’s finishing under .500. Which gives them eight winning season and two division titles. Of those eight seasons, the Cowboys only finished 8-8 twice. The N.F.C East is one of the best division in football to date. With the Eagles ( six division titles and 1 superbowl appearance) and Giants (four division titles and two Super Bowl wins) doing most of the heavy lifting during that time span. I know what’s next, they only have one playoff win since 96. Ok, that’s fact and I hear that a lot, but what you don’t hear is this. The Skin’s only have two playoffs wins since 92. So, in comparison, we’re on equally ground there. And then there’s this. The Bengals hasn’t won a playoff game in 22 seasons the longest playoff drought in N.F.L history. It’s been three years since the Cowboys was in the playoffs. But the Bills hasn’t been to the playoffs since 99 and the Raiders and Browns haven’t been there in the last ten years. So, say what you want about Jerry Jones, but he’s done a far better job then most GMs.

  34. Pastor Benjamen S. Long says: Jul 21, 2013 9:32 PM

    …and so continues the slide towards mediocrity, and irrelevancy. Until Garrett gets the boot, America’s Team will stay on par with teams like the Cleveland Clowns, both with a motto of “maybe next year”.

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