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Jerry Jones calls Jason Garrett a young coach who’s still evolving

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Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett has learned on the job and changed his approach to offense.

According to Jones, Garrett is still young enough and flexible enough that he can make significant changes to the way he game plans. Jones said on his radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM that Garrett is fundamentally different from a coach like Ernie Zampese, the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator from 1994 to 1997 and offensive consultant in 2000 and 2001, who installed his own offense everywhere he went. Jones says Garrett can change on the fly.

“He’s a young coach, and one of the things you’ve got to remember, that you should remember, is that, as a young coach, your system should be evolving,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram. “There shouldn’t be a system that you’ve hung on for years and years and years. Ernie Zampese, for instance. Jason’s fresh in his evolving, as far as scheme is concerned.”

For the record, Garrett isn’t all that young: He’s been around the NFL as a player or a coach for a quarter of a century, and at age 47 he’s older than Rob Chudzinski, Jim Schwartz, Gus Bradley, Dennis Allen, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCoy and Greg Schiano. But Jones praised Garrett for his willingness to adjust to new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, and to the increased game-planning role for quarterback Tony Romo.

“Plus we’ve added a Romo emphasis in it. That’s changed, too. We’ve had some dramatic change with the Cowboys since last year,” Jones said.

So far, Jones likes the results of those dramatic changes.

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63 Responses to “Jerry Jones calls Jason Garrett a young coach who’s still evolving”
  1. hatesycophants says: Sep 27, 2013 7:59 PM

    Why does he have a radio show?

  2. boogymanoflamancha says: Sep 27, 2013 8:00 PM

    Reminds me of Richie Cunningham’s older brother…the one that disappeared after the 1st couple of “Happy Days” seasons.

  3. orivar says: Sep 27, 2013 8:09 PM

    He’s 47? Whoa. Thought he was younger.

  4. sgtr0c says: Sep 27, 2013 8:11 PM

    JJ, shut up! You are leading the division. Your mouth is going too destroy JG. Just shut up and let it happen. You have already set it up to doom you chances this year. Sit down and be quiet.

  5. fumblenuts says: Sep 27, 2013 8:12 PM

    “Jerry Jones calls Jason Garrett a young coach who’s still evolving”

    Like a caveman?

  6. rudegger says: Sep 27, 2013 8:12 PM

    Who cares what plastic man thinks? He won’t win another Superbowl, and gingersnaps won’t win 1. He’s as relevant as Al Davis at this point.

  7. mackcarrington says: Sep 27, 2013 8:14 PM

    Compared to Jerry Jones, Methuselah is a young pup.

  8. marshallheartskungfumaster says: Sep 27, 2013 8:14 PM

    Jason is only 7 yrs older than Jerry’s brain…

  9. thejuddstir says: Sep 27, 2013 8:15 PM

    If looks could kill, that picture says it all. Garrett has to really despise Jerrah that in order to keep his job he has to let Jerrah belittle him.

  10. cowboyfan45 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:15 PM

    And cowboy fans think Jerry Jones is still clueless when it comes to running a football team..

  11. redfield11 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    I wish Jason Garret could be the GM, he has the strategical mind for it. Great drafts under him and he seems to do all the managerial parts of being a head coach correctly. It’s the tactical part he struggles with.

    As a cowboys fan I really want to see Jason Garret do well, on paper he fits the profile of a long term successful head coach for this team, just need to see the end of the season clutchness from his team.

  12. moerawn says: Sep 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    The pic says it all…and explains why they never get beyond Round 1. That senile idiot thinks he can run a football team, and the coaches are akin to towel boys to him. Sorry Jason.

  13. claymatthewshairplugs says: Sep 27, 2013 8:19 PM

    I wonder if anybody notices Jerry Jones arm up the back of Jason Garret’s shirt. This “coaching” situation in Dallas is a joke!

  14. tvjules says: Sep 27, 2013 8:20 PM

    Jerry sees himself as Master Yoda…
    But he looks like the Emperor.

  15. stampnhawk says: Sep 27, 2013 8:22 PM

    Noticed this year, that he hasn’t worn a hat on the sideline this year.

    Not sure what that’s about, but I am sure Jerrah had something to do with it.

  16. j0esixpack says: Sep 27, 2013 8:23 PM

    Ernie Zampese – now there’s a name from the past.

    That guy could never survive in today’s NFL – just from the no-smoking-in-the-booth policy alone

    But Jones is actually right – any modern NFL coach or coordinator needs to balance their scheme to the players available.

    The Cowboys could do far worse than Garrett

  17. germanstingray says: Sep 27, 2013 8:28 PM

    Garrett can change on the fly, just like a ventriloquist’s dummy.

    Jerry’s brain keeps getting younger and younger. Neurologists everywhere are stupefied. Jerreh can now credit himself for curing Alzheimer’s disease.

  18. exhelodrvr says: Sep 27, 2013 8:34 PM

    Jerry Jones’ face is still evolving.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 27, 2013 8:37 PM

    I think what Jerry is looking for in a head coach is enough flexibility to allow Jerry to run the team. In Jason he pretty much has that.

  20. camdenyard says: Sep 27, 2013 8:41 PM

    A young coach who’s evolving? LOL…

    To think the Ravens were set to hire this guy before he slithered back to Dallas.

    Too bad we ended up with Harbs. 5 years in the playoffs, with at least one win each year…3 AFCCGs, one world championship….

  21. raymondtx says: Sep 27, 2013 8:54 PM

    And Jerry’s definition of “evolving”-the act of listening, and doing everything I say.

  22. trollaikman8 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    And Jerry is steadily devolving into Al Davis.

  23. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:18 PM

    This once career back up QB is still a Joke even as the hc if you can call him that.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 27, 2013 9:33 PM

    Jason is evolving. He has shed his gills and is beginning to pull himself along dry land with the vestigaes of his flippers.

  25. bigdogsolec says: Sep 27, 2013 9:33 PM

    Garret wasn’t even a good QB ,what makes a person think he can be a good coach ?

  26. boswivel says: Sep 27, 2013 9:35 PM

    Please don’t describe it as a “World Championship” until anyone else in the world gives a damn.

  27. rajbais says: Sep 27, 2013 9:53 PM

    @trollaikman8 Al Davis at least knew squat about football. Reggie McKenzie is a struggling GM whose highlights feature Al Davis’ players.

    Jerry Jones just puts his team in the spotlight excessively and makes money off it.

    Btw, I never knew that back-to-back 8-8 seasons is evolution.

  28. abninf says: Sep 27, 2013 9:54 PM

    hatesycophants says:

    Why does he have a radio show?
    ===================================

    Because he’s the owner of the most valuable franchise who makes money for other teams, the one most popular worldwide and has three rings of his own.

  29. mediacowards says: Sep 27, 2013 10:05 PM

    still evolving…like Obama did with gay marriage…libs like Florio and Michael David Smith should like this “evolving” statement.

  30. keithdylan says: Sep 27, 2013 10:14 PM

    Please do not compare Jerry Jones to Al Davis. At least Al did something on his own, coach, commissioner, G.M., Jerry paid for winning teams. Jerry is a great owner, but as a G.M. he is average at best. Heck, Al has been to a Super Bowl more recently than Jerry.

  31. jeremycrowhurst says: Sep 27, 2013 10:23 PM

    Unfortunately, Garrett’s GM stopped evolving 25 years ago.

  32. dixiebob says: Sep 27, 2013 10:33 PM

    Jerry has a radio show because he can.

  33. wearethesteelers says: Sep 27, 2013 10:33 PM

    Here we go Steelers!

  34. jeffperk says: Sep 27, 2013 10:43 PM

    Thank goodness this idiots wife is so stuck up & he turned down the Ravens job in 2008!! All because Baltimore didn’t have a Neiman Marcus. Thank you!!!

  35. iamthorny says: Sep 27, 2013 10:47 PM

    It’d be more interesting to read what Jason (really) thinks about Jerry…

  36. bert1913 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:49 PM

    when your 100 years old everybody is young

  37. droyer85 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:50 PM

    What a great pic for the topic, nice find!

  38. ambitoos says: Sep 27, 2013 11:26 PM

    Jerry, your still evolving into a GM, Jason is evolving into a head coach and Romo is still evolving into a Roger Staubach. The fans are evolving into stark raving idiots because of another year of disappointment.

  39. ezg1 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:33 PM

    Delusional Dallas Fans Never Seem to Grasp Any Form Of Reality!

  40. mrlaloosh says: Sep 27, 2013 11:57 PM

    Garrett must be the missing link. Kinda looks like an orangutan. Evolution in HD.

  41. goawayeverybody says: Sep 28, 2013 12:00 AM

    Jason Garrett is turrible. Just turrible.

    In other news, did anyone see Ike Taylor embarrass himself (and all of America) during his press conference in London. Yikes!

  42. vanguard6g says: Sep 28, 2013 12:01 AM

    redfield11 says:Sep 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    I wish Jason Garret could be the GM, he has the strategical mind for it. Great drafts under him and he seems to do all the managerial parts of being a head coach correctly. It’s the tactical part he struggles with.

    As a cowboys fan I really want to see Jason Garret do well, on paper he fits the profile of a long term successful head coach for this team, just need to see the end of the season clutchness from his team.

    ————————————
    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read… Coaches dont draft GM’s (or in Dallas’s case owner) do. Secondly drafting a 3rd round Center in 1st round is hardly intelligent… thirdly Jerry Jones has him coaching because he is too cowardly to but heads with his clueless owner (IE Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells). That is why year in and year out he is job safe. When other coaches would have been canned for under producing.

  43. sportsguy3434 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:13 AM

    The problem is the cowboys aren’t evolving bit regressing. Established coaches wouldn’t come to Jerry’s world and put up with his meddling. Jerry needs a legit GM, let the coaches run the team (see the Garret/OC role confusion of the past summer) and he can promote the stadium!

  44. jayniner says: Sep 28, 2013 1:35 AM

    They should all watch the movie “Moneyball” and go from there….

  45. texansdude says: Sep 28, 2013 1:52 AM

    My new name for him is JJ Whaaaat?!?!?

  46. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 28, 2013 1:58 AM

    Just wisdom from the great GM Jones. Preach on Jerry!

  47. nyneal says: Sep 28, 2013 2:03 AM

    Who cares what Jerry Jones has to say? He would have fit in on Hee Haw, only he isn’t smart enough. He makes Junior Samples seems like Albert Einstein. If it weren’t for Jimmy Johnson, he would never have won anything. I can’t figure out why the media constantly gives Jones so much tv time. I think a good nickname for him would be Buzzard Bait.

  48. rcali says: Sep 28, 2013 3:36 AM

    This picture really does sum up the whole situation.

  49. vaughnjoe says: Sep 28, 2013 4:06 AM

    Jerry Jones is still in the news..

  50. lawyermalloy says: Sep 28, 2013 5:59 AM

    Jerry Jones is a “nincompoop”when it comes to being a general manager.
    Unfortunately for the Dallas fans, this team will NEVER see a championship until JJ gets out of the way and let “NFL people” run the show.
    As for Jason Garrett;he’s only employed because he’ll do what ever Jerry says.

  51. gavriloprincip33 says: Sep 28, 2013 6:32 AM

    JG is Jerruh’s butt boy – nothing more and nothing less…

  52. vincentbojackson says: Sep 28, 2013 7:09 AM

    …and Jerry Jones is an owner that refuses to evolve.

  53. hodag54501 says: Sep 28, 2013 7:56 AM

    Jerryworld:

    You hire a yes man to do your every whim. Defend him to the end, because having to hire a real coach means someone with enough guts to challenge the Emperor.(Think Jimmy Johnson)

    You build a temple to your ego that people pay outrageous money to be inside.

    When was the last time the Cowboys were in the Super Bowl?

  54. chuckchillout says: Sep 28, 2013 8:27 AM

    Are people acting like beating the Giants and Rams are accomplishments, to the point of thinking that the Cowboys are actually a good team?

    And are they simultaneously glossing over the fact that Tony Romo is the QB?!?

    Go back and look at the end of that Chiefs’ game.

    I’ve got Dallas as no better than the 7th-best team in the NFC. Lucky for them, they play in the NFC East, otherwise known as the “I’m not going to the playoffs; YOU go to the playoffs!!!” division.

  55. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 28, 2013 8:39 AM

    The Cowboys win lots of games in the month of September,However they tend to fold up in December!!!!

    The Cowboys are picked to win the division and go deep into the playoffs every year,Why?…..It`s not because they are great,It`s because this team has a huge fan base and for some reason those media pundits seem to think that popularity equals greatness……Guess what,IT DOES`NT!!!!!

    Beating up on a weak Rams team and celebrating as if you really did win a SB is a joke……Dont look now but the Denver Broncos are on the Horizon…..If they beat the Broncos I will personally give them props!!!!!

  56. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 28, 2013 8:49 AM

    jerry just likes garrett because he doesn’t chafe at being second banana to the owner. any coach worth having wouldn’t work like that.

    and that’s why dallas will never win anything with jj as the gm, spokesperson, executive coach, and plastic surgery test dummy.

  57. trollingforjustice says: Sep 28, 2013 8:58 AM

    This constant talk about looking, feeling , being young has jerry really worried i think,about his own mortality. he seems to be wrestling with his own personal demons. he even declared that he has the brain of a 40yr old…well so did Forrest Gump

  58. northshorejag says: Sep 28, 2013 9:57 AM

    You can hear the collective groan of Cowboy fans

  59. baltimoresnativeson says: Sep 28, 2013 10:46 AM

    This is like his 6th year coaching. Not 1st or 2nd.
    Both Harbaughs have been to the superbowl and a couple conference championships.
    Even Pete Carroll went to the divisional round.
    Garret just isn’t a good head coach.
    Compared to his peers of equivalent experience he sucks.

  60. rick630c1 says: Sep 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    “He’s a young coach, and one of the things you’ve got to remember, that you should remember, is that, as a young coach, your system should be evolving,” Jones said.

    Translation: You D___MN sure will run this play I made up this week!

  61. leevi98 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:42 PM

    Why does the owner keep feeling the need to say things like this in a bold “statement” Is he trying to convince the football world or himself? I think these PR pitches are a just a bad bad sign..

  62. leevi98 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:44 PM

    baltimoresnativeson says: Sep 28, 2013 10:46 AM

    “”This is like his 6th year coaching. Not 1st or 2nd.
    Both Harbaughs have been to the superbowl and a couple conference championships.
    Even Pete Carroll went to the divisional round.
    Garret just isn’t a good head coach.
    Compared to his peers of equivalent experience he sucks.””
    Pete Carol has been an NFL head coach twice before going to the Seahawks so I don’t think you can include him in that example

  63. fordhamlit says: Sep 28, 2013 1:53 PM

    JJ should be kicking himself for not giving Garrett the boot and hiring Andy Reid.

    It seems apparent now that Reid was not the problem in Philly.

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