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Jerry Jones: Garrett doesn’t necessarily have to make the playoffs

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Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett doesn’t necessarily need to make the playoffs in 2014 to keep his job.

I don’t think so,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t look at it that way at all.”

Jones says Garrett is growing as a coach, and that the two of them work well together. That works in Garrett’s favor.

“We’ve got a lot of experience together,” Jones said. “It’s no secret that we probably are shoulder to shoulder on the success we’d like for this team to have with him as head coach and what it would do for our fans’ future, our future. He’s more capable today than he was when he took over as head coach. If that arrow is going up, it just makes sense to have our future with Jason.”

But it would be hard to argue that the arrow is going up if Garrett doesn’t make the playoffs. Jones isn’t saying so, but it’s awfully hard to believe that he won’t fire Garrett if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

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  1. adam710 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:42 AM

    This doesn’t even surprise me. Jerry Jones will bring Garrett back no matter what. It’s what he does: Bring back the players and coaches that will keep this team from winning a single playoff game.

  2. dbatrox21 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:43 AM

    Their schedule screams 6-10….Maybe Jerry heard it.

  3. seabreezes51 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:43 AM

    9-7 should keep his job.

  4. arwiv says: Mar 26, 2014 6:44 AM

    Being that his team is the 3rd or 4th best team in the worst division in the NFC, that’s good for Garrett.

  5. slammincamnewton says: Mar 26, 2014 6:45 AM

    L-O-L. Guess this is a spoiler alert for Cowboys fans, but then again not really. It’s expected.

  6. nygmann says: Mar 26, 2014 6:46 AM

    Here we go again! Jerry Jones would make a great politician. He seems to lie to the public and is out of touch with the community. Well done, Jerry!

  7. raidermike says: Mar 26, 2014 6:47 AM

    The Dallas Raiders !!!!

  8. jerruhjones says: Mar 26, 2014 6:48 AM

    Jerruh doesn’t just lower the bar, he throws it away!

  9. coltsreign says: Mar 26, 2014 6:51 AM

    Hook line and sinker: Jason Garret is done as head coach

  10. punkscotty says: Mar 26, 2014 6:53 AM

    Garrett doesn’t necessarily have to make the playoffs…and we fans don’t necessarily have to keep buy game tickets either.

  11. garyman1 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:53 AM

    Garrett HAS to have embarrassing pictures of Jones somewhere.

  12. flyyseven says: Mar 26, 2014 6:53 AM

    When the cowboys don’t make the playoffs Jerry will make another excuse for Garrett,after watching cowboys lose again on last week of season and have the qb position make the same stupid mistake its coaching,by now garrett should have drilled in all his qbs if your not sure throw it way,he is just not a good coach point blank

  13. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:56 AM

    No way he makes it anyway!!!

  14. dapollock69 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:57 AM

    Way to set that bar low. Not a cowboy fan in an aspect, but this seems the direct opposite of the old Parcells way of thinking that your record is what you are in many ways – and used as a motivational tool to achieve higher. I guess Bill’s stop there has long since been forgotten. Enjoy being home for X-Mas as usual.

  15. gpete1962 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:00 AM

    Jerry’s look in the picture says it all.

    By By Jason!

  16. Stiller43 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:03 AM

    How long of a leash will this guy get?! He must have something on jerrah.

  17. jersey73 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:04 AM

    Stop it Jerry. He’s got to make the playoffs or he will be fired.

  18. pointywilliams says: Mar 26, 2014 7:05 AM

    The rest of the NFC is okay with this, too.

  19. craigkintexas says: Mar 26, 2014 7:12 AM

    Well, there you go boys and girls! But, keep buying those tickets and other stuff…..LOL. The sad part is the Cowboy’s fans will, and therein lies the problem. Jerry will never change until the cash register starts hurting.

  20. jerryyouradisgrace says: Mar 26, 2014 7:22 AM

    Well we all know he will never make the playoffs with that defense

    Must be the kiss of death

  21. ravenswhat says: Mar 26, 2014 7:22 AM

    looooool

  22. smartstickhotness says: Mar 26, 2014 7:27 AM

    Cowboys are awful anyway

  23. camdenyard says: Mar 26, 2014 7:34 AM

    So he doesn’t necessarily have to make the playoffs to keep his job,

    Ain’t that special.

    I’m sure glad this bum decided not to take the Ravens job. Harbs is 10x the coach this guy is.

  24. mrneto72 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:34 AM

    Give him a 10 year extention

  25. supertecmobowl says: Mar 26, 2014 7:45 AM

    Jerry, just make yourself head coach already and have your sons be the offensive and defensive coordinators. Let’s see just how low we can take this.

  26. coloradofort says: Mar 26, 2014 7:49 AM

    Translation: Our Defense is going to be terrible and the offense will have to score 40 points a game to be competitive.

  27. vaughnjoe says: Mar 26, 2014 7:52 AM

    Jerry you’re the best thing that happened to dissolve a teams identity. Keep up the good work.

  28. skinsrock says: Mar 26, 2014 7:53 AM

    All depends on what puppet strings Jerry wants to pull next year… Since Garrett’s already been neutered, I guess the only thing left is a stab in the back. I don’t see how a man with any ego could accept being the head coach with zero power or control.

  29. hoopieguy says: Mar 26, 2014 7:56 AM

    Kind of mind blowing, for an owner who supposedly wants more than anything to get back to the super bowl, he’s sure got a back-asswards way to try to get there. You can crack on Jimmy Haslam all you want, but Dallas has a worse owner in my book. They are really and truly going backwards. Bet they don’t break 500 this year…..

  30. grogansheroes says: Mar 26, 2014 7:56 AM

    I think Garrett is the son he wished he had!

  31. realnflmaster says: Mar 26, 2014 7:59 AM

    What a mess. What does he see in this guy? He refuses to fire his “guys” because of how bad it would make him look. He reassigns Kiffin, he refused to fire Garrett. He reassigns Callahan.

  32. joetoronto says: Mar 26, 2014 7:59 AM

    It must really suck to be a Cowboys fan.

  33. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 26, 2014 7:59 AM

    Too too funny!

    Jerry Jones taking long strides setting new standards in mediocrity..

    Why even go to the games? Pathetic.. Nice way to give the fans so egging to root for. At least give them a playoff hope facade for the first half of the season..

  34. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:00 AM

    Translation: Jerry knows he screwed up the roster and can’t possibly have a playoff season, but his ego is too big to admit he needs a legit general manager to fix it.

    Three consecutive Week 17 win-or-go-home losses on NBC, in front of the whole country… you can’t make that up.

  35. kingpel says: Mar 26, 2014 8:00 AM

    The only question is when will Jones hire a GM to replenish the talent he has squandered for the past 5 years.

  36. jgedgar70 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:01 AM

    Garrett doesn’t necessarily have to make the playoffs? Good for him, because he’s going to go 8-8 again, like he does every year.

  37. ejm845 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:01 AM

    bad enough this seasons over now next season is over

  38. campcouch says: Mar 26, 2014 8:11 AM

    I wonder what dirt Jason Garrett has on Jones.

  39. jrbtoo says: Mar 26, 2014 8:13 AM

    How bout them Cowboys,

    In March the Playoffs aren’t even a Goal !!!

    Jerry is the New Al Davis

    Dallas is the new Raiders.

    >>> LOSERS <<<

    On behalf of Eagles Nation I thank you for being in the NFC East

  40. dfwhawkguy says: Mar 26, 2014 8:14 AM

    Why would he need to make the playoffs? It’s a culture of mediocrity and losing. That old “how bout dem cowboyz” winning culture is so far removed it might as well have been in the last century…. oh, wait. It was.

  41. whatnojets says: Mar 26, 2014 8:14 AM

    Why play any games at all….start the off season right away!

  42. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 26, 2014 8:17 AM

    “We’re okay with losing”

    How many fans of ANY team would be happy with this?

    I feel genuinely sorry for Cowboys fans reading this.

  43. thegonz13 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:18 AM

    Does Garrett have tapes of Jerrah playing golf with Satan? Because it would be the only way for him to still have a job!

  44. whatjusthapped says: Mar 26, 2014 8:18 AM

    Jason Garrett might have the worse job in pro football. His boss hinders his team by acting as the GM when he clearly has no aptitude for the job, the team is in salary cap hell which results in losing some of his best players, and he has to stand next to the clown on the sidelines when the spotlight is on.

    Jason is well paid for all this but still, who can tell if he can really coach or not when the deck is stacked against him?

  45. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:24 AM

    Jerry Jones should take note that most successful franchises have an owner that keeps relatively quiet in the public eye and doesn’t issue statements that may cause unneccesary attention and distraction.

  46. colv says: Mar 26, 2014 8:25 AM

    Sad for the fans that spend their hard earned cash for mediocrity.

  47. willnit says: Mar 26, 2014 8:28 AM

    We love Jerry Jones!

    –the rest of the NFL

  48. jimmyjoejohnbob says: Mar 26, 2014 8:28 AM

    Right. He doesn’t necessarily need to make the playoffs to keep his job – he needs to win a championship to keep his job.

  49. bigshot13 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:31 AM

    Wow…. Not surprised at all.

  50. 44mpo says: Mar 26, 2014 8:34 AM

    As a cryboys hater all I can say is right on jerry. Y’all just keep on keepin on!

  51. lowtalker says: Mar 26, 2014 8:38 AM

    The only reason he said that it because if they do not make the playoffs and you fire the head coach then you would also have to fire the person who is responsible for the mess . . . that would be the General Manager . . . . the General Manager deals the cards . . the coach only plays them . . . the reason that team is a disgrace is due to Jerry the GM.

  52. mortyglickstein says: Mar 26, 2014 8:41 AM

    Isn’t the idea to win?

  53. miamimike1 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:46 AM

    So basically he can miss the playoffs and still keep his job. The success arrow is pointed up. I am now sending my application to Jerry Jones.
    If I am promised that I have job security if I do not get Dallas to the playoffs AGAIN then I’m the man for this job. Hell I will even take a few dollars less if it helps me get hired.
    Dallas fans have to be doing the PeeWee Herman dance all over bars through out Dallas with this kind of expectations. Playoffs? We don’t need no stinking Playoffs! Well all Dallas fans can cheer they finally will hit a goal they have set for this team.

  54. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 26, 2014 8:47 AM

    Being a head coach in Dallas is unlike anywhere else.
    You have to be willing to surrender your nuts to Jerry, and keep your mouth shut while Jerry assumes your duties, including play calling.

    I’ll never forget a certain prime time game a few years back, when the camera zoomed in on Jerry up in his “suite”, sitting there with a phone in one hand and the color-coded play chart in the other…

    Spineless puppets are hard to find.
    That’s why Jerry keeps the ones he does.

  55. oldcracker says: Mar 26, 2014 8:48 AM

    The success of the Cowboys is a reflection of the entire Dallas Cowboys organization, not just the coaching.

    By keeping Garrett around, JJ has an excuse.

  56. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 26, 2014 8:50 AM

    That peculiar sound you hear is Tom Landry turning over in his grave.

  57. jchavez9238 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:02 AM

    I never agreed the Cowboys earned the title: “America’s Team”… because if that’s the case, America is in a world of SH**. I feel the team that wins the Superbowl for any given year, should have those bragging rights, and be called “America’s Team”… Just sayin

  58. taosravenfan says: Mar 26, 2014 9:02 AM

    “I mean, where else can I find a lap dog trained as well as Jason.”

  59. footballtalk1 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. So sick of Jerry screwing the Cowboys out of contention every year since 1994

  60. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 26, 2014 9:13 AM

    Way to set expectations Jerry.

    I guess he figures the HC shouldn’t be held to higher standards than the GM.

  61. mcmccii says: Mar 26, 2014 9:16 AM

    Jones knows that neither the team nor the coach are remotely good enough to make the playoffs. I see them in 3rd or last place this year in the East

  62. mtntexas says: Mar 26, 2014 9:21 AM

    “so, but it’s awfully hard to believe that he won’t fire Garrett if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.”

    Not at all…Owner Jerry hasn’t fired the GM who has yet to orchestrate a successful draft or win a championship in 20 years. Garrett gives him just one more person to blame for his own inadequacies.

  63. sidepull says: Mar 26, 2014 9:25 AM

    No worries there. Mediocre doesn’t cut it in the playoffs.

  64. trezzyt says: Mar 26, 2014 9:31 AM

    Really How can an owner give so much confidence and comfort to a guy that hasn’t did nothing. I believe Jerry know its going to be hard to bring in other top head coaches so he is hanging on to Jason as long as possible which is sad because he can fix the ownership. I respect Dallas fans and the history but It must be bad watching your Mr. Jerry continue to fail. Dallas history is way deeper then My Ravens but Jerry has faild u since our first SB in 2000. Y’all time will come again Dallas fans believe me

  65. axespray says: Mar 26, 2014 9:31 AM

    “Really?!?!!?” – Wade Phillips reaction.

  66. fightteamdotcom says: Mar 26, 2014 9:38 AM

    I suppose Jerry Jones is thinking that his team has been “knocking” on the door to the playoffs for 3 years in a row, and they are bound to break through sometime. I guess there is something to be said for that, not sure how many teams are able to say they have either A.) Made the playoffs the past 3 years in a row, or B.) were one win away from making the playoffs 3 years in a row. Either way, the defense is going to hurt this team unless they have the draft of a lifetime!

  67. mrone50 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:46 AM

    Jerry is getting weird

  68. pftisfulloftrolls says: Mar 26, 2014 9:56 AM

    Dan Snyder fires coaches too often.
    Jerry Jones doesn’t fire them often enough.
    Who knew it would be bad to do the opposite of what Dan Snyder does?

  69. thetooloftools says: Mar 26, 2014 9:59 AM

    When the Cowboys set the bar so low… you have no expectations.

  70. thegonz13 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:24 AM

    Somehow, the ghost of Jim Mora’s tirade lives on…

    “Playoffs? Playoffs? Don’t be talking to me about playoffs!”

  71. melikefootball says: Mar 26, 2014 10:40 AM

    WOW,WOW, WOW and more WOW!

  72. dustoff44 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:11 AM

    That’s Jonesese for ” I have run out of yes men who think I know somethig about football so I can’t fire him”.

  73. sep3016 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:33 AM

    Come on folks. Look at Garrett, then look at Jones. Would you fire your son.

  74. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 26, 2014 1:16 PM

    No playoffs, no more Garrett.

    Jones has already replaced everyone else around Garrett to keep him from taking the fall so this year Garrett must be held accountable.

  75. bert1913 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:09 PM

    Way to set the bar so low jerry. Most teams goal is to win the superbowl

  76. makenit34 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:56 PM

    As a life long cowboys fan I’ve almost had enough!!!! The Joneses smile makes me wanna throw up! I may have to start rooting for the hometown Ravens

  77. flyy58 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:12 PM

    Just goes to prove Jerry Jones is getting senile in his old age. The Cowboys will not have another chance at a super bowl with his decision making skills! Retire or bring in a respectable GM Jerry!

  78. bkg63 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:35 PM

    “I’m Lovin’ It!”

    Signed,

    Eagles Fans

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