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If Jones means what he says, he should extend Garrett’s contract

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Jerry Jones provides unequivocal and unconditional support to his employees until he no longer supports them.  We’ve seen it before, and we’re seeing it again, with head coach Jason Garrett.

On Thursday, Jones said that Garrett will be back as the head coach in 2014.

It wouldn’t be the first time Jones says one thing and eventually does another.  In 2010, Jones said that former head coach Wade Phillips wouldn’t be fired during the season.

“I would never consider doing that during the season,” Jones said.

And then Jones fired Phillips during the season.

The owner’s current goal is obvious.  As the Cowboys try to get to the playoffs and advance a level or two (or more), Jones doesn’t want Garrett’s status to be a potential distraction or source of added stress.  But if they ultimately don’t get to the playoffs, Jones can then change his mind, as he has done in the past.

And if Jones wants anyone to believe that Garrett will be back next year, here’s what Jones needs to do:  Extend Garrett’s contract.  Currently signed through 2014, Garrett likely will get either an extension or fired after the season, to avoid the distraction of being a lame duck.  If Jones already has decided to commit to Garrett for next year, why not go ahead and commit to him contractually for 2015 or beyond?

Jones won’t, because Jones reserves the right to change his mind if the Cowboys don’t get to the playoff — or perhaps if they win the NFC Least and lose in the wild-card round at home.

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47 Responses to “If Jones means what he says, he should extend Garrett’s contract”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    Extend his contract for what? Being mediocre?

  2. thesmartest1 says: Nov 21, 2013 6:44 PM

    Dumb and Dumber part II.

  3. grabgrabgrab says: Nov 21, 2013 6:47 PM

    “…to avoid the distraction of being a lame duck. ”

    Lame duck, like Brady’s last pass attempt on Monday night?

  4. willking9 says: Nov 21, 2013 6:51 PM

    It’s too bad for Dallas that they don’t give out Super Bowl rings for highest amount of BS media buzz. If Jerry Jones spent half as much time worrying about constructing a quality roster than he did about the brand perception of “America’s Team”, they might actually win a few playoff games at some point.

  5. redfield11 says: Nov 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    You know a very logical reason why he hasn’t extended his contract? If Garret does poorly Jerry can bring him back for one year at a very low price. If Garret does amazing Jerry can give him a long term contract without fear.

    Jerry may be a TERRIBLE GM, but he is a brilliant businessman so if he hasn’t done something that involves money yet, it’s for a reason.

  6. slugbaitspace says: Nov 21, 2013 6:54 PM

    It seems like the Cowboys owner and the Cowboys GM are never on the same page. Do they even speak to each other any more?

  7. fdugrad says: Nov 21, 2013 6:56 PM

    ” If Jones means what he says.” That’s a GOOD one!!

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 21, 2013 7:00 PM

    It would be silly not to. Jason would LOVE to get a new deal arranged today. If it doesn’t happen before the next game, well then I’m just going to not believe what Jerry said.

  9. scrp2 says: Nov 21, 2013 7:03 PM

    Jerry keeping his micro-managing control over the team is more important to him than winning. I absolutely believe him when he says Garrett will be back because where you going to find another coach worth their salt that will facilitate that?

  10. seabreezes51 says: Nov 21, 2013 7:06 PM

    I hope Jerry lives forever….

  11. ravenswhat says: Nov 21, 2013 7:08 PM

    I’m pretty sure Garrett is gone if the cowboys miss the playoffs this year. In other words, Garrett is gone.

  12. hawkforlife says: Nov 21, 2013 7:09 PM

    If Jones already has decided to commit to Garrett for next year, why not go ahead and commit to him contractually for 2015 or beyond?

    Now I think Jerry is one of the biggest buffoons in modern times but why would you say this? If he’s under contract for 2014 then he has absolutely no reason to extend him. He’s not a lame duck this year.

    He’s got all the playoff month (won’t be in them), the Superbowl month and all summer to either fire him or extend him. Doing it now is silly.

  13. eatitfanboy says: Nov 21, 2013 7:10 PM

    The idea that a coach shouldn’t be allowed to coach as a lame duck because it will be a distraction or because he will lose the respect of the locker room has been the conventional wisdom for a long time now.

    And I think it’s time to question it. First of all- look at all of the coaches rumored to be on the hot seat and the distractions that come with it this year. How many of them are in the last year of their contracts? Not many. Do you think if Garrett gets a two year extension and then loses his first 5 games next year, his seat would be any less hot?

    As far as the respect of the locker room, players know that coaches get fired for losing, not because of their contract status.

    You know what kind of coaches have the right to get extensions and not work as lame ducks? WINNING ones. It’s the same for the players. Great players get extensions, mediocre ones are forced to play on year to year contracts.

    Garrett hasn’t earned an extension and Jones shouldn’t give him one. Garrett should just thank God that at least for now JJ is leaning towards giving him one more shot.

  14. 700levelvet says: Nov 21, 2013 7:14 PM

    The. “Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  15. tvjules says: Nov 21, 2013 7:18 PM

    “So long as Jason doesn’t tell anyone I’m coaching from the suite, he can stay.”

  16. ambitoos says: Nov 21, 2013 7:25 PM

    Dallas fans. Never happy. Jerry built the biggest team in the NFL with the biggest and best stadium and the Dallas fans keep complaining. You could be a Charger fan like me with nothing to be proud of. We have no stadium, we have a bad team and not sure if we in San Diego will even have a team in the future. I wish we had ownership like Jerry Jones.

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 21, 2013 7:29 PM

    Well what do you expect? Of course Jones supports him during the season. Can’t create a lame duck coach.

    If they make the playoffs, Jason is safe but if not, he is gone.

  18. dccowboy says: Nov 21, 2013 7:30 PM

    700levelvet says:
    Nov 21, 2013 7:14 PM
    The. “Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

    That would be the Eagles. No Superbowl wins in the entire Superbowl era. Not many teams can lay claim to that. Hell, even expansion teams like the Saints and Bucs have managed to win a SB.

  19. hansenbrothers says: Nov 21, 2013 7:49 PM

    “If” being the key…he doesn’t mean it

  20. posmoo says: Nov 21, 2013 7:54 PM

    “If Jones means what he says, he should extend Garrett’s contract”
    Garret is already contracted through next season.
    Your logic circuits are so faulty Sometimes I wonder how you possibly passed the bar, even in backwoods West Virginia.

  21. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Nov 21, 2013 7:55 PM

    If Jones meant what he said, then he wouldn’t have said it.

  22. dcstinks says: Nov 21, 2013 7:56 PM

    seabreezes51 says:
    Nov 21, 2013 7:06 PM
    I hope Jerry lives forever….
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Preach on brother! Amen!

  23. Paul M. says: Nov 21, 2013 8:00 PM

    SHHHHH. You might give Zygi Wilf ideas.

  24. FinFan68 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:04 PM

    Was he asked a question or did he just blurt that out of the blue?

  25. cwdonald314 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:11 PM

    Until last spadeful of dirt is tossed on Jerry Jones grave, this team will continue to flounder. Jerry Jones is rapidly becoming the next Al Davis, and the Cowboys will miss the playoffs… again.

  26. quarterbackjudge says: Nov 21, 2013 8:14 PM

    How ’bout win the division?

  27. bert1913 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:15 PM

    do a search for fake jerry

  28. nnagi says: Nov 21, 2013 8:17 PM

    Jones painted himself into s corner, who wants to work for him, especially with the salary cap mess he’s created again, of course Garrett’s going to be there next year, nobody else with any credibility would take the job

  29. donmcg2012 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:22 PM

    “He’s got all the playoff month (won’t be in them), the Superbowl month and all summer to either fire him or extend him. Doing it now is silly.”

    But isn’t Jones known for being silly and doing the unexpected? Come to think of it, he’s proved himself to be a liar and an overreacting clueless owner.

  30. thereyougo2 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:28 PM

    Notice how everyone loves and respects jerry jones all over the country especially in Philadelphia.

  31. 7mantel says: Nov 21, 2013 8:29 PM

    What do you expect from a guy who still uses a flip phone !

  32. thereyougo2 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:29 PM

    City of brotherly love, loves Jerry’s face.

  33. hawkforlife says: Nov 21, 2013 8:35 PM

    But isn’t Jones known for being silly and doing the unexpected? Come to think of it, he’s proved himself to be a liar and an overreacting clueless owner.

    Agreed but I was criticizing Florio’s argument not endorsing Jerry’s smarts. :D

  34. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:44 PM

    Who in their right mind would want to be the puppet head coach for Skeletor?

  35. harrycanyon says: Nov 21, 2013 8:57 PM

    Garret is a little yes man bitch. Jerry keeps him because of that. And the fact that legit coaches won’t work under the dictator.
    Garrett is the worst coach in the league. He hasn
    ‘t improved at all. Coaches who are promoted from within rarely excel. Frazier is another prime example.

  36. soaringeagle13 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:41 PM

    dccowboy says:
    Nov 21, 2013 7:30 PM
    700levelvet says:
    Nov 21, 2013 7:14 PM
    The. “Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

    That would be the Eagles. No Superbowl wins in the entire Superbowl era. Not many teams can lay claim to that. Hell, even expansion teams like the Saints and Bucs have managed to win a SB.
    _______________________________________________
    Still clinging to stuff that happened 20 years ago? We’ve had way more success than you in the last 15 years. I still allow that Troy Aikman was way overrated…I think he only played one 16 season in his whole career, and his TD to Int ratio was hardly outstanding..

  37. athwartships says: Nov 21, 2013 9:50 PM

    I do not get tired of Diva Jones….Never ever stop.

  38. ragingmouse says: Nov 21, 2013 11:18 PM

    People should stop interviewing this idiot!

    He never says anything that is sports worthy or
    insightful …he is just a country bumpkin!

    Stop validating this Moran!

    Stop the insanity !!!!!!

  39. rajbais says: Nov 22, 2013 12:29 AM

    Maybe Romo should have Garrett fired.

    Romo got T.O. fired.

    Record with Terrell Owens on the team:
    31-17, .646 winning percentage.

    Record of the team since T.O.’s departure:
    38-33, .514 winning percentage.

    Just because you excessively exaggerate one’s personality, get panic attacks, and spook yourselves and others to the point where you make him look worse than a criminal (and, not to mention, pee your pants) it doesn’t mean you fire people when they’re helpful.

    Jason Garrett is anything but that. He is a mediocre head coach who benefited off of talented players, but will never take the step before the step toward the grand stage.

    If you have Jim Mora, Sr. on truth serum and ask him a question about Jason Garrett his response would be “playoffs???!!!!”

  40. rajbais says: Nov 22, 2013 12:33 AM

    America’s (ahem … Southwest America’s) Team needs abandonment to the point where childhood memories attached programmers shove washed up rejects onto our television screens!!!

    If NBC, Fox, … NFL Network, ESPN, and CBS want a 1990′s star turned has been on our screens they are better off giving air time to Dave Coulier!!!

  41. taosravenfan says: Nov 22, 2013 1:23 AM

    The problem isn’t Garret, it’s Jones.

  42. kev86 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:23 AM

    Garrett wishes he coached for Mara and Giants like his old man. See you Sunday Dallas! Go Blue!

  43. cowboys8819 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:37 AM

    I can’t stand this team anymore. I’m a die hard fan that is sick of being a fan of nothing more than a .500 team.

  44. sfnc85 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:36 AM

    Jones does not comment on the length of contracts for his head coaches, but in training camp he said Garrett had “multiple” years remaining. – Todd Archer ESPN

  45. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    best owner in football………in his mind

  46. chrisedmond says: Nov 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    I bet the men that started the Cowboys (Murchison Jr., Bedford Wynne, Tex Schram and Tom Landry) are turning in the graves because of the bad direction that Jerry Jones taking and running the Cowboys. The once best franchise that everyone wanted to be on is now a franchise that everyone is making fun of it. These are really sad days and years fan all of us.

  47. chrisedmond says: Nov 22, 2013 1:01 PM

    When TO was on the team he pushed Romo to be good and held him accountable and got released. Now Bryant is doing the same thing and now Dez is trying to do the same by pushing Romo to be a better qb. What happened, everyone talked about Dez. Garrett, Romo and Written have to go. They have been together for years and we r getting the same results but no one wants to talk about it.

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