Last month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones strongly suggested that coach Jason Garrett would not call the plays on offense in 2013. This month, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett strongly suggested that he will.
On Saturday, while holding court with reporters on a bus swanky enough to make John Madden turn green with envy (or possibly due to eating spoiled Turducken), Jones said that the decision will be Garrett’s to make.
“He could have very easily come back to me and say, ‘I’m going to call plays on game day,’ or, ‘I’m going to let Bill call plays on game day and I’ll be on the sideline vetoing or saying OK and let somebody else do the game planning,'” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “That’s what’s being worked out. Whatever he comes up with is the way we’re going to go.”
In other words: If we fail again, it’s on him.
Then again, the “in other words” isn’t really necessary. Jones used specific words that make it clear that Garrett won’t have to worry about his butt being cold this year.
“There’s a lot of resolve here, but not a lot of patience,” Jones said, via Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “Jason senses that.”
So while what may have been an effort to get Garrett to quit, Lou Gossett-style, apparently has subsided, Jones now has made it crystal clear that, whatever Garrett decides to do about calling plays or anything else, he’ll be accountable for the outcome with his job.