Jerry Jones: Firing Jason Garrett would give Cowboys “zero chance” for Super Bowl

AP

The Washington Nationals started 19-31 and won the World Series. The St. Louis Blues had the league’s worst record at 15-18-4 and 34 points in January before winning the Stanley Cup.

The Cowboys don’t have the NFL’s worst record, but at 6-6 nobody is picking them to win the Super Bowl. Except Jerry Jones.

He said he “likes our bet” in explaining why he’s keeping Jason Garrett for the rest of the season.

“I’m just not going to make a coaching change,” Jones said in a 26-minute postgame interview. “. . .The real world is it’s not impossible that we could step out here and play a game that we improve from and we’ve got a caliber of team that has a chance to do more than just not show up in the playoffs.”

The owner insisted again and again and again that Garrett gives the Cowboys the best chance to do what they set out to do when the season began despite an 0-5 record against teams with winning records.

The Cowboys will remain in first place at the end of Week 13 regardless how the Eagles (5-6) do against the Dolphins. They are 6-6 and have a head-to-head victory over Philadelphia. The Eagles and Cowboys play again Dec. 22.

“I’m going to do the same thing I’ve always done when I get a setback or get my butt kicked,” Jones said. “I’m going to get up in the morning, and I’m going to look for ways [to help], and I’m not going to panic. I’m going to look for ways to improve the situation. I’m still glad that when I get up in the morning, I can look for ways to help our team. One of them is not a coaching change. One of them is not reworking the offense or the defense. Those aren’t alternatives for us to be ready to play over the next month and give us a chance to be what we want to be. But if we stay healthy and other contenders might not, and all of a sudden we start jelling, and we start getting some turnovers, then those games will turn out differently. I like our bet there. I do, even though we haven’t played well the last three games. I like our bet.

“As I said, nobody is satisfied with how we played even when we played Detroit. That’s not taking away from anything, but we can play better, and if we can play better, we’ve still got the base health of this team and we’ve got the personnel that we can put out there and we’ve got some coaches, generally coaches here, that I believe in. It’s not working the way they’d thought it’d work, or I’d thought it’d work, but I believe in these coaches to be here to begin with.”

An interim coach has never led a team to the postseason, something Jones surely had in mind when he made his decision to keep Garrett.

“I wouldn’t make a change and give us a chance to do what I want to dream about doing. I wouldn’t do that for love nor money,” Jones said. “It would give us zero chance if we didn’t have [Garrett].”

Garrett, though, has never led the Cowboys beyond the divisional round, something he likely has to do to get a contract extension. All Jones gave him Thursday was a vote of confidence until the end of the season.

Garrett almost certainly will have to write Jones’ fairytale ending to return in 2020.

“It was a fairytale when I got to buy the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said. “It’s been a fairytale life to me, so I have always dreamed out there on the edge. I really have. I’ve been confused many times between my dreams and reality. But have surprised my own ass by finding out there was some real reality in what a lot of people thought I was dreaming about.”

81 responses to “Jerry Jones: Firing Jason Garrett would give Cowboys “zero chance” for Super Bowl

  1. I don’t think it’s a given that he’ll fire Jason after the season. More likley he’ll come up with a reason to give him a new contract with a raise. Truth is, Jason is the best he’s gonna do because Jerry is who he is and working for him is what it is. Nobody else would put up with Jerry being Jerry.

  2. And keeping Jason Garrett gives Dallas a -30 percent chance of going to the Super Bowl. Poor Cowboys fans!

    Jerry will never fire his son Jason because he’s a puppet. He can’t handle a strong coach because Jerry wouldn’t be able to steal the glory!

    I’m sooooooooooo glad I’m no longer a Cowboys fan! They used to be my favorite team during the Tom Landry-Drew Pearson-Tony Dorsett days. Not no more thanks to Jerry Jones!

  3. Firing the head coach would give the Cowboys zero chance at the Super Bowl? Fair enough. So does keeping him.

  4. Jerry Jones: Firing Jason Garrett would give Cowboys “zero chance” for Super Bowl

    Then why you been talking all that smack Jerry?

  5. I would argue that keeping Jason Garrett still gives you zero chance of making the superbowl.

    It’s a damn good roster, it doesn’t make sense they are not winning more games. Something’s not right.

  6. Long time cowboys fan and i think kris richard could light a fire under these players instead of clapping all the time

  7. Mr Jones from what I heard you are a smart man. If you can’t see what Jason Garret has done to this team I am starting to doubt that. I have been a fan for 45 years and I am finding it harder each week to root for this team

  8. No dog in this fight but the bills played killer ball. They wanted it. That’s not a team I’d want to face in the playoffs.

    The cowboys? A meddling owner who talks too much and no one on the coaching staff who knows how to fix anything. See you guys at 8-8. Again.

  9. He’s right, Dallas and Philly are in the same boat. One of them will host a playoff game against one of SF, Sea, Min or GB and it will be a real pain in the but to beat. The kind of team that could really get on a roll.

  10. The Cowboys are going to win this division. I have little faith in Carson Wentz to get the job done for the Eagles. They could lose to the Dolphins on Sunday.

  11. Is Jerry Jones the only owner or general manager interviewed after every game? He is brilliant in keeping his mediocre club which has won nothing in so many years in the spotlight. And the media still goes to him.

  12. Jerrah : ….“It’s been a fairytale life to me, so I have always dreamed out there on the edge. I really have. _I’ve been confused many times between my dreams and reality_. …..

    ………………………..

    You are absolutely right about that Jerrah !

  13. With a win on Sunday, the Giants and the Redskins can pull to within 3 games of the division lead with 4 to play. Both clubs face the Cowboys once more, so if we assume a victory for the sake if argument, that’s like being 2 games out of the division with 3 to play.

    It can happen!

    Don’t laugh now, but the AFC East has more wins as a division than all but the NFC West and NFC North.

  14. Did anyone notice Jerry referred to the cowboys as contenders? Hahaha contenders to go 7-9 As jerry’s marionette claps away

  15. Let me get this straight. The Cowboys have not made an appearance in the NFCCG since the year they last won a Super Bowl, SB 28 on January 30, 1994. That would have made me 23 years old (I’m 49 now). We hadn’t even started talking about Y2K yet. We were just 2 years into Clinton’s first term. We knew about Paula Jones (no relation to Jerry) but not Monica Lewinsky. The Republican Revolution was still 10 months away. The James Bond franchise was in the middle of a 6 year hiatus, a year from returning with a new lead actor (Pierce Brosnan) and producer (Barbara Broccoli). Apparently it’s easier to force Timothy Dalton into retirement than Jason Garrett. I was not only still married to my first wife but I might have actually still loved her at this point. We used to watch Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman around the time of the Cowboys last Super Bowl. And the Simpsons, which were only in their 4th season.

    Which franchises has come a long way since?

    The Patriots had only appeared in 1 Super Bowl at this time, the 46-10 loss to the Bears in SB 20. Since then they appeared in 10 more SBs, winning 6, which put them one ahead of the Cowboys 5.

    The Seahawks appeared in 2 SBs, winning 1.

    The Broncos won 3 SBs, the Ravens 2.

    The Buccaneers won a SB.

    The Saints won a SB.

    The Colts won one and lost another.

    Jacksonville went to an AFCCG.

    The Cardinals appeared in a SB. Ditto the Titans.

    The Panthers qualified for 2 SBs.

    The Giants appeared in 3 SBs, winning 2. Ditto the Pack. Ditto the Steelers.

    The Chiefs, yes the Chiefs, appeared in an AFCCG, nearly winning it.

    The Raiders appeared in a SB.

    The Rams appeared in 3 SBs, winning 1.

    The Eagles appeared in 2 SBs, winning 1.

    The Falcons appeared in 2 SBs.

    The Vikings, Jets, Dolphins, Lions, Browns, Redskins, and Bengals remained hapless during this period.

  16. Firing Garrett would give the Cowboys “zero” chance to win the superbowl. No comment can be made that would give the stupidity of that statement a proper burial.

  17. The Cowboys had an excellent opportunity to assert themselves as a contender at home today, and they failed to do so….No idea why anybody is interested in what the “overblown” owner has to say, and why the media continues to give him air time….Shut up and win a Super Bowl Mr. Jones….Any network that happens to have a Cowboys game on National TV, spend as much time panning the “owners booth”, as they do watching the cheer leaders….shame on them for doing that.

  18. Jerry Jones claims the buck stops with him.
    After a quarter century of increasingly
    dismal returns, if the buck stops with him,
    how come he’s the only one that’s never
    been fired? Do you know any other
    general manager in football with his record
    who still has a job? Truth is, Jerry Jones is
    a spoilt little rich boy who holds everyone
    else accountable, but himself.

  19. How is Jerry going to “help” his team? Getting the NFL to change the trading deadline? After listening to that rambling incoherent delusional presser it’s just sad. You are giving senior citizens a bad name.

  20. Maybe the owner should keep his mouth in check instead of trying to play motivational mind games. His best chance for this team to make a super bowl,,,,injuries to all the other NFL playoff teams.

  21. First where are all those Cowboy fans chirping about their #1 offense? Once again Dak managed to pump his numbers up with garbage time yards. Zeke stopped with the bills putting 8 in the box. This allowed Dak to dink and dunk to a loss. Don’t give me his stats, they were garbage yards. Dak, Wentz, and Goff do not make anybody around them better. Dak and Goff at least have weapons. Can’t get the job done.

    Philly as I recall beat Green Bay in Green Bay and the Bills in Buffalo with a high school defense for both games. With this defense they’ve put together the last couple weeks (granted both losses) the Cowboys will have no shot at winning in philly. Even Wentz will find a way to score 14 which will be enough to beat the Cowboys.

    You can blame Garrett and Jones, but at the end of the day, Zeke can’t run through 8 (and never could) and Dak is just an average QB. Which is fine, but with those weapons he should be able to get the job done.

    If you’re being real with yourself the boys aren’t winning anything until they get an actual GM, Owner, QB, players with pride, and stop mortgaging the future by giving picks away. Rams in the same boat. Eagles might need a QB and receivers, but they have a GM that understands the cap and value of picks.

    Jerry will never see another SB.

  22. Firing JG will change nothing. That team is run by Jerry. The next guy will be a yes-man that does everything Jerry says too.

    Every good team in the league is run by FOOTBALL minds. Smart owners hire them then step back and watch the magic happen.

    Then there is Jerry and his heir-apparents.

  23. Well to be fair the Giants won two Super Bowls and Ravens won one Super Bowl with mediocre teams so Dallas shouldn’t pack their bags and go home just yet.

  24. Jerry is the best BS promoter in the world. When one of the field goals was missed I said the Boys are in a slump. My wife said yes, it’s getting close to December LOL!

  25. As a lifelong Cowboys fan I can say the Cowboys already have 0% chance of going to the Super Bowl with or without Clappy Gum Smacker.

  26. I don’t think it’s a given that he’ll fire Jason after the season. More likley he’ll come up with a reason to give him a new contract with a raise. Truth is, Jason is the best he’s gonna do because Jerry is who he is and working for him is what it is. Nobody else would put up with Jerry being Jerry.–

    This is a tired old line that was proven incorrect long ago when Jerry hired Bill Parcells.

  27. Jerry isn’t much better than Snyder. His problem is that he’s his own GM and he can’t see how bad his roster actually is. Outside of Cooper, the wildly overpaid RB and DE, And a good but declining oline… they’re pretty much average at best at every other position.

  28. Once the playoffs start, every team in the tournament is 0-0. Every team in the playoffs has a chance to win it all. A quick look at history shows that to be true. I have seen number one seeds eliminated in their first game many times. I have seen 6 seeds win it all. Jerry has a point, though he sounds like he might have alzheimers.

  29. So, no interim coach has led a team to the Super Bowl. But, Garrett hasn’t led them to one either. So, how does one ‘never happened’ situation seem better than the other, in Jerry’s mind? Garrett certainly does not seem to be inspiring the team. If Jerry thought the OC or DC were inspiring coaches, you think he would make a move. Obviously, he doesn’t have faith in either of them.

    Also, it likely would grate on him too much to pay someone to not work, so he will make Garrett work the rest of the year. Well, that and the fact that he needs a scapegoat, as he won’t admit he didn’t put together a talented enough team, so it couldn’t be his own fault.

  30. Can someone explain how Zeke gets like 12 carries per game? Or why they go away from him when he’s clearly pummeling the other team? In that Pats game he should’ve carried close to 30 times, he ended up with 21 carries when they couldn’t stop him. In this Bills game he had almost 6 YPC….on 12 carries. This doesn’t seem that difficult of an equation. Get the guy 25 carries per game. Set up play action with that. That sets up longer drives so your defense doesn’t get gassed. That’s 80% of your problems solved right there.

  31. I love/ hate that JJ says the things he does. Any casual fan of football knows this team will be lucky to get to the playoffs much less a superbowl. The problems run much deeper than a coaching staff. The fact that he has to be out front and center is one of them. The Cowboys are still my team and I pray I live long enough to see them succeed but I dont think that’s going to happen.
    By the way, it’s a little tiring when a team beats the Cowboys they declare themselves the new Americas team. Dallas didn’t name themselves that. They were given that name.

  32. The Cowboys play in weak sister division, they are six and six, beat no team with a winning record. . Jerry is talking super Bowl appearance

  33. Not a Dallas fan but I’ve watched enough of their games because they are always on prime time. Honest question here: why do the Cowboys go away from Zeke when he’s averaging 5 yards or more per carry? I have seen this a few times this year.
    It feels like they are so pass happy trying to rack up stats for Dak as opposed to win football games. Cowboys fans, clue me in. What am I missing?

  34. The problem Jerry is the teams in the playoffs all have winning records. Since the Cowboys can’t beat any teams with winning records then they have ZERO chance of making the Super Bowl!

  35. What he really saying is he know it’s too late to fix it this year so he’s giving up. Garrett’s had ten years. That’s about 7 more than any other coach gets to win in the NFL so he’s toast come the off season. Jerry needs to low ball the hell out of Prescott as well. He’s and average QB propped up by a strong running game / offensive line. If he walks they should just start the rebuild with a vet QB until they find the next QB.

  36. whodatnhollywood

    A true Fan stays with his team no matter what the circumstances are. I bet you go back to being a Cowboys fan when they make it to the Super Bowl in the future.

  37. endtimesparty says:
    The Vikings, Jets, Dolphins, Lions, Browns, Redskins, and Bengals remained hapless during this period
    —————————-
    You forgot the Cowboys.

    Jerruh is talking Super Bowl? Since winning three straight to open the season vs Giants, Wash. and the Dolphins, the Cowboys are 3-6 and must face another tough defense next week. The worst thing a team can do is look ahead to the Super Bowl instead of focusing on the coming opponent. I think everyone will be shocked if the Cowboys make the playoffs and if they do, make it out of the first round. If they do happen to make the playoffs they would most likely play the 49’ers, Seahawks, Packers or Vikings in the first round. Can’t see them beating any of them.

  38. mike deihl says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:46 am
    whodatnhollywood

    A true Fan stays with his team no matter what the circumstances are. I bet you go back to being a Cowboys fan when they make it to the Super Bowl in the future.

    ===========================================

    When they cut ticket prices and hand out gear for free or at least cost, then I’ll start ignoring results.

  39. The Vikings, Jets, Dolphins, Lions, Browns, Redskins, and Bengals remained hapless during this period.
    ****************************************************************8
    If you are going to throw out stats and claims at least know what you are talking about! Minnesota Vikings played in 2 NFCC games in that time and Lost to the Saints mainly due to Bounty gate and the Saints dirty play. Their dirty hits broke our #1 receivers hip AND ruined his career. If you are going to mention other teams in the championship game don’t leave some out just because you dislike the team. Probably because Minny just slapped your team around this season!

  40. (Jerry said) “I’m going to do the same thing I’ve always done when I get a setback or get my butt kicked,” Jones said. “I’m going to get up in the morning, and I’m going to look for ways [to help], and I’m not going to panic. I’m going to look for ways to improve the situation. I’m still glad that when I get up in the morning, I can look for ways to help our team.

    THAT is EXACTLY what is the Cowboys problem! Keep your fingers out of the pie and let your Head coach do what you pay them for. Garrett is simply a puppet. Jimmy Johnson was a coach you couldn’t pull the strings on and that is the reason you fired him, Switzer was just a tool and he won the SB just because it was Jimmy’s team he coached and built up!

  41. endtimesparty says:
    November 29, 2019 at 12:48 am

    The Seahawks appeared in 2 SBs, winning 1.
    ********************************************

    Actually, Seattle has been to 3 Super Bowls in the last 13 years. Holmgren, Shaun Alexander, and arguably the greatest left side OL in the history of football were jobbed out of a Lombardi in 2006-

  42. At the start of every year the Cowboys are anointed with the NFC east title and SB contention. Every year.
    The fact is … get ready… they’re just not that good. They beat the bums (sometimes) and cant beat a decent or good team. There is a reason they have not extended Dak. they have Zeke, one receiver and a 50-yr old tight end (yes a future HOFer) lured out of retirement.
    Offensively building up huge stats against the likes of Giants twice, Skins twice, Dolphins, Lions, equally over rated Eagles. And yes… losing to the Jets.
    Wake up Cowboy fans… you’re just not that good in a Lame division.

  43. moomoo338 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:17 am
    Not a Dallas fan but I’ve watched enough of their games because they are always on prime time. Honest question here: why do the Cowboys go away from Zeke when he’s averaging 5 yards or more per carry? I have seen this a few times this year.
    It feels like they are so pass happy trying to rack up stats for Dak as opposed to win football games. Cowboys fans, clue me in. What am I missing?
    ________________________________________

    I’m not a Cowboys fan either but I see quite a few other teams having the same problem and I truly believe its a product of the NFL pushing teams into thinking that they have to be a passing team or they won’t win. Its very obvious that the NFL wants this to be a passing league and they want all teams believing that and the teams are blindly following what the NFL wants. Just look how many teams are trying to draft the next Rodgers, Brees or Brady every single year.

    What do you think would happen to a car manufacturer if they decided to move to electric vehicles from ICE’s if they didn’t first check to make sure they could get enough motors and batteries to build those cars, only to find out later that their suppliers couldn’t keep up with the demand? Well thats what the NFL did, they made all these changes to move this to a passing league without giving one thought to where they were going to get 32 QBs worthy of leading all these passing teams and now here we are, we can’t find nearly enough QBs to fill those 32 teams. So whats happening is teams are pushing their QBs to try to do things they can’t and now there are more bad teams than I can remember there ever being in the NFL. And what caused all this, poor management and poor planning before making those changes. I see too many teams going outside the realistic realm of what their players can do and pushing them to try and do things they can’t or aren’t any good at.

    So the real question is: does the NFL keep pushing this failed experiment of turning it into a passing league all while continuing to ruin the game or do they do what they should have done all along and let the teams, HCs and players determine which direction the league goes?

    BTW if you think its bad now just wait until Brady, Brees, Rivers, Rodgers and Big Ben all retire and we’re going to see the quality of play go off of a cliff!

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