Jerry Jones encourages players, backs coaches

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated the obvious after Thursday’s 28-6 loss to the Chargers.

“We’re not a good team right now,” Jones said.

However, instead of piling on after the Cowboys’ third consecutive loss, Jones encouraged the players in a postgame meeting and then endorsed Jason Garrett and the coaching staff in his postgame comments.

Jones wouldn’t talk about what he said to the team, but players said the owner’s message was positive.

“He said I can sit here and [cuss] you and say this, that and the other,” running back Alfred Morris said. “At the same time, what is that going to accomplish? Nothing. Sometimes you just step away, give yourself a hug, recuperate and come back.”

The Cowboys, who entered the season among the NFC favorites after going 13-3 last season, have sunk to 5-6 and now face long odds to reach the postseason. Garrett, in his seventh full season as head coach, has made the postseason only twice and has a 63-52 career record.

Jones chose his words carefully when asked about Garrett’s future.

“I don’t want to look like they’re getting the proverbial endorsement,” Jones said. “That’s not what’s happening, the vote of confidence. I want to say it the best I can. That’s not what I’m saying. I feel good about our staff. I’m not equivocating about it. This is not the negative vote of confidence at all. I feel real good about [the staff].”

Jones said he is disappointed but “not shaken.” Thus, he isn’t going to shake things up.

Jones has made only one coaching change in the middle of a season, replacing Wade Phillips with Garrett in 2010.

“I really do believe in the old San Francisco [gold miner], right before the next pick, the guy that came behind him found it all,” Jones said. “So I think you keep going.”

18 responses to “Jerry Jones encourages players, backs coaches

  1. Jerry must be seeing a different game than everybody else. The defense looked liked they gave up, couldn’t tackle. Dak looks like a rookie. Garrett has no clue what to do. Yet, Jerry won’t let go of his puppet.

  2. Jason Garrett is a terrible head coach. He is now in his eighth season as Cowboys HC, and he’s made the playoffs twice. That’s Jeff Fisher territory. Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson after two championships, fired Barry Switzer following his only losing season, fired Chan Gailey after two playoff seasons, fired Wade Phillips in the midst of his only losing season. Garrett like so many right-twice-per-day broken clocks, skates by on making the playoffs at a clip of twice per decade.

  3. Why not shake it up!? I mean they have shaken the season up already. Come out 2-3 after the bye week go 3-0 and now the last 3 games can barely score a td and been blown out completely.jerry You have already shaken up the cowboys fans season and the future so whats it going to hurt?!

  4. Texas teams don’t seem so motivated to win for their owners these days. I wonder why?

    Can pretty much guarantee those teams will not get to sign many of the quality free agents that are available just because of this. Those players will gladly go sign with a different team and not work for a plantation owner.

    If I was a millionaire black man the last person I would want to go work for would be Jerry Jones or Bob McNair.

  5. I think Garrett is mediocre, and his coaching record that is a little over .500 supports that – but it’s unfair to put this all on him. This is basically the same coaching staff as last year when the Cowboys went 13-3, and I don’t remember hearing many ‘fans’ moaning then.

    This is a collective failure. The GM & front office haven’t done enough on the personnel front – let too many players go, and wasted money and picks on dross (Nolan Carroll $3m a year, Beni Benikwere 6th round pick, etc.) and they seemed to have drafted poorly based on what we’ve seen from the rookies so far. The coaches have been poor this year, and haven’t evolved or adapted the schemes. And the players (with a few exceptions) have been gutless and severely under performed.

    Based on the evidence this year, the team is a long way from competing for a Super Bowl – which is even more disappointing when you think how close they seemed less than 12 months ago…

  6. The list of players that are stealing pay checks on this team are as follows: Bryant,Scandrick,Crawford,Williams,Beasley,Williams,McFadden.The list of coaches that are stealing pay checks are all of them.

  7. Dallas lacks a defensive identity. A great defense keeps you in games and helps you win games you should not have won. This teams chips are all in on the offense. Jones may be mad about Zeke’s suspension, but last time I checked he does not play defense. Dallas has a good set of running backs, so the loss of one player does not explain the entire team folding.

  8. culturalelitist says:
    November 23, 2017 at 11:24 pm
    Jason Garrett is a terrible head coach. He is now in his eighth season as Cowboys HC, and he’s made the playoffs twice. That’s Jeff Fisher territory. Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson after two championships, fired Barry Switzer following his only losing season, fired Chan Gailey after two playoff seasons, fired Wade Phillips in the midst of his only losing season. Garrett like so many right-twice-per-day broken clocks, skates by on making the playoffs at a clip of twice per decade.

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    We have to remember that Garrett’s job is to chew gum and clap and fall on his sword if need be, that is it. Jerry is the owner, gm, and coach. If he fires Garrett, who else is going to want that job?

  9. Byron Jones is the worst safety in the league. He is always chasing a receiver with the ball…besides tips, I can’t think of a turnover he has created, and he is never in position to make a tackle. I don’t understand his hype. Yay he can jump high. Let’s keep adding to the line, get an early pick qb To push Zack and fire Garrett for someone that isn’t a robot. Dak misses Romo over their telling him his reads. Get him a young qb guru as a q.v. coach like Peyton manning or Brett favreaa

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