Jerry Jones seems to have no faith in any potential interim coach

AP

Nine years ago, the Cowboys fired Wade Phillips during the season, elevating his presumed successor, Jason Garrett, to the head-coaching job. With Garrett’s tenure reaching drain-circling status, owner Jerry Jones has made it clear that he won’t be firing Garrett during the season (until he does), claiming that the team will have a “zero percent” chance of making it to the Super Bowl if Garrett is relieved of his duties.

That position doesn’t reflect faith in Garrett as much as it reflects a lack of faith in the options to take the reins on an interim basis for the rest of the season. Whether it would be Kris Richard or Rod Marinelli or Kellen Moore or Jason Witten (yes, some are suggesting that he should be the team’s next coach), Jones doesn’t see any of them as head-coaching options who would fare better than Garrett.

And so Jones will continue to try to pull the cord on the lawnmower in an effort to draw a winning hand with a 10 and four fresh cards. Applying public pressure on Garrett didn’t work. This week’s strategy entails supporting Garrett.

It will continue until the Cowboys are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention or bounced during the postseason, because (as Big Cat noted on Friday’s PFT Live) Jones has adopted a fan’s “it’s not over ’til it’s over” mindset regarding the possibility that the Cowboys can get to the Super Bowl and win it, even though they haven’t been to the NFC Championship in 24 years.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram asked Jones whether clinging to hope of a dramatic late run amounts to a fairy tale after last night’s game. He didn’t disagree.

“But it was a fairy tale when I got to buy the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said, via Charean Williams of PFT. “It’s been a fairy tale 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.”

So there it is. Seven years after proclaiming that the goal is a return to gloryhole days, the truth is that Jones wants him some fairytale.

76 responses to “Jerry Jones seems to have no faith in any potential interim coach

  1. If you think the problem with the Cowboys is the head coach, follow another sport you don’t know football !

  2. Who decided to overpay Zeke leaving no money for other productive players?
    It wasn’t the HC. It was jerruh.

  3. Jerry is spineless!!! First the cowboys won’t be market setters ( Then turn around and set market and overpay Zeke) then some heads are gonna roll if the boys lose on turkey day. ( they lose and Jerry caves and says no sense in heads rolling during middle of season) crazy owner/manager!!! Hey Jerry there are football men! And just football lovers. Jerry you are among the football lover not the other…

  4. Well the Cowboys suck again this year, yet Jerry is still in the media minds.
    It’s gone from a soap opera to a joke yet again. Miss when the Cowboys were
    a real football team and not a Kardashian want to be.

  5. Talented roster but never any mystery of how Dallas will operate each game. That’s on both the GM and the coach. A three star offense was a successful strategy in the 90’s but has no place in today’s NFL where competent coaches can eliminate stars with little thought. Garrett has proven he is incapable of creating second dimensions for both offense and defense

  6. ntrafinesse says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:22 am
    Who decided to overpay Zeke leaving no money for other productive players?
    It wasn’t the HC. It was jerruh

    ==========

    This! Elliot’s selfishness was the catalyst. Paying him early was the explosion that will set this franchise back for many years. It crumbled the house of cards that is the salary cap. I really want to see how they maneuver the cap in the offseason to keep their best players. My guess is some big names are going to walk because of Elliott.

  7. I don’t think the Cowboys even make it to another Super Bowl, much less win one, unless Jerry fires the GM…

    And we all know how likely that is to happen…

  8. I said 8 years ago when all Jerry did was talk about how great Romo was, and I’m gonna say it again now – THE COWBOYS ARE NEVER WINNING ANOTHER SUPERBOWL AS LONG AS JERRY JONES IS ALIVE. They just aren’t it’s really that simple. They had the best offensive line in football and did they get to a Superbowl? Nope….They had one of the best wide receivers in his prime and did they get there? Nope….They had one of the best running backs in football several times, and he ran behind one of the best offensive lines in football, and he played alongside one of the best wide receivers in football, who played alongside one of the best tight ends in football, and DID THEY GET THERE?? NOPE. You have to look at COACHING to see that is where the problem is. 2011 their record 8-8….2012 8-8…2013 8-8…2014 12-4……2015 4-12…..2016 13-3…..2017 9-7…..2018 10-6…..Totally inconsistent coaching….He should have been fired after the 2015 season but did Jerry fire him? Nope he said the exact same things he’s saying right now!!

  9. Let’s be honest the Clapper has no clue what’s happening around him and is lost. Dak is not on an elite level. Zeke scored the money and is no longer productive. The owner has admitted he’d fire his GM for the job he’s done. The team is in total disarray and disfunctional. I absolutely love watch this thing burn. Go Boys.

  10. I don’t know what the deal is down there. Garrett could be warning Jerry about certain players,coaches,contracts but it is the Raiders all over again.I sure do enjoy Romo as an announcer though,thanks Cowboys..I mean Jerry.

  11. Yup, the GM should go before the coach. Can you imagine anyone taking the GM job and working for Jones, should he actually relinquish the position?

  12. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, you can sling more BS with your forked tongue than anyone I have ever seen. As a retired person and yesterday being thanksgiving, I was so thankful that during my career that I never had to work one second for you and personally, I don’t see how anyone can.

  13. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:40 am

    This! Elliot’s selfishness was the catalyst. Paying him early was the explosion that will set this franchise back for many years. It crumbled the house of cards that is the salary cap. I really want to see how they maneuver the cap in the offseason to keep their best players. My guess is some big names are going to walk because of Elliott.

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

    They are about 1 year behind the Rams in terms of destroying their team. At least Elliot doesn’t have health issues, yet.

    No matter what happens the rest of the season Dak isn’t going to settle and neither will Cooper. There is only one franchise tag and my guess is Dak get’s it.

  14. WOW! Why would a team go to an interim head coach when the team is leading their division with a 6-6 record has a 4-0 record within the division? Phil is 5-6, has a 1-1 record within the division. Both teams have won 2 games in their last 5 games. Must be that “games are won on paper” thing. Things are just getting interesting.

    The dynamics of the offense changed. They are relying on Prescott not Elliott. The owner and fans wanted a new OC, they got him.

  15. Jason Garrett has been a mediocre coach HIS ENTIRE COACHING CAREER!! When he was the quarterbacks coach for Miami his Dolphins teams were 9-7 and 6-10, and then he gets hired by Dallas in 2007 when Dallas was being coached by Wade Phillips, and and the Cowboys go 13-3 that year but choke, and then have some up and down years until Phillips gets fired and Garrett takes over and the rest is history. They’ve been lacking 1 thing – COACHING. They’ve had the players they simply haven’t had the coach

  16. Firing Garrett now, lights a fire under the players backside. It’s not that the interim coach has the answers. You’re paying Garrett until the end of the football year regardless, get him gone and potential replacement coaches will show interest. Dead coach walking.

  17. or Jason Witten (yes, some are suggesting that he should be the team’s next coach)

    —————————–

    Tight ends are intricately involved in both the running and passing game offensively. I think they make for an interesting head coach based on this hands on knowledge.

    Here are the three former NFL tight ends turned head coach and their records as a head coach.

    Ken Whisenhunt 47-81 record
    4-2 record in the playoffs (1 Super Bowl)

    Mike Mularkey 36-53 record
    2-2 record in the playoffs

    Dan Campbell 5-7 record (interim head coach)

  18. They keep claiming they are “America’s Team”…they are correct because America sure enjoys them being a train wreck.

  19. As he shouldn’t… Richard was obviously a flash in the pan. And Moore isn’t impressing all in all – simply being more up to date than Garrett isn’t a credential.

  20. I can’t get over in a space of 24hours how jerry jones turn into looking like Don Knotts doing Barney Fife. Which should tell you all along That jerry jones just like hearing himself, lets face it the guy didn’t meet a CAMERA he didn’t like. The bottom line is look how long Jason Garrett was allowed to languish as head coach. You look up MEDIOCRITY and the Cowboys picture are right there.

  21. Moondance says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:40 am
    “Talented roster but never any mystery of how Dallas will operate each game. That’s on both the GM and the coach. A three star offense was a successful strategy in the 90’s but has no place in today’s NFL where competent coaches can eliminate stars with little thought. Garrett has proven he is incapable of creating second dimensions for both offense and defense”

    Apparently they’re not as talented as much as they are overhyped.

  22. I looked up the Head Coaches since Switzer (inherited a good team) and Garrett winning percentage (.566), the only place he was really better were the playoffs appearances (5, 2W, 3L). Since 1998, Their playoff appearances were dismal (14, 3W, 11L). What’s funny is that Garrett has a better winning percentage than Jimmy Johnson (.550); however, Jimmy killed it in the playoffs (8, 7W, 1L). Since 1998, Dallas had 10 starting QB’s as well. It’s a poor talent evaluation process and Jerry Jones (GM) should fire himself.

  23. No, the reason he won’t fire Garrett and get an interim coach from the current staff is because if the interim does a good job, then he would be forced to hire the interim coach. Then, that interim coach would have the same philosophy as Garrett and everybody would be asking how’s this coach different from Garrett ?

  24. It probably means Jerry has already decided on who is targeting to replace Garrett. He still believes that if they win the division they can reach the Super Bowl. They just need to get into the playoffs. That is what all these teams think. Just get in as a division winner and it could happen. The Wild Card path to the Super Bowl is an extreme long shot.

  25. “How about hiring a real GM for starters?”

    They have a pretty good roster with a lot of talent on it. Jerry’s work as GM is not the problem at least at the moment.

  26. cadreamer1969 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
    WOW! Why would a team go to an interim head coach when the team is leading their division with a 6-6 record has a 4-0 record within the division?

    ——-

    Perhaps because then have not beat a winning team?

  27. Either fire Kellen Moore or take the play calling away from him. He puts the ball in Daks hands instead of Zeke. This is a no brainer IMO

  28. steelbreeze676 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Only someone who knows nothing about football would suggest yanking the head coach in week 13.

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    Only someone who knows nothing about football would suggest that a team that is 0-5 against winning teams is still in the hunt for winning the SB

  29. Elliot had ZERO carries after the 9 minute mark of the 3rd quarter, even though he was averaging 6 YPC.

    Everyone knew the Bills can’t stop the run and again yesterday they couldn’t, but all that’s called are pass plays.

    Unbelievable.

  30. redlikethepig says:
    November 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    It’s not the coaches that are the problem. But you can’t fire the owner.
    —————
    The DC area knows this all too well.

  31. “Who decided to overpay Zeke leaving no money for other productive players?
    It wasn’t the HC. It was jerruh”.

    Zeke’s contract really did not effect this year’s roster. Those effects will begin to be seen next season.

  32. The other thing about this could be that Jerry already has someone lined up for next year and doesn’t want an assistant doing a good job making people want that assistant to be the next coach. OR, The next coach will bring in a whole new staff anyway, so everyone is gone regardless.

  33. Creating an interim coach can be a mistake. If they get lucky and win a few games you end up having to keep them, and then you are stuck with a random assistant who probably just got lucky, plus you jilted all the other assistants who did not get the job and half of them leave. If they turn out ok, but you dont give them the job, you end up interviewing them and your other assistants too and jilting them all, so its harder for the new coach to keep some if he wants. If they are horrible and you dont want them or any of the assistants then you just created less continuity for your players. It seems tempting to test out some assistant as a head coach, but unless you have reason to believe that one of your assistants from your mediocre team would be a top head coaching candidate on the open market, it may be best to just stick with your coach until the end of the year and then find someone on the market.

  34. Even as an Eagles fan I can say I love JJ’s passion and desire to win. But, didnt he learn with the Jimmy Johnson fiasco to just own not manage? Most of all to keep stuff in house not in the media..

  35. Jason Garrett didn’t fumble the ball or throw two interceptions, or quit on tackling the quarterback running into the end zone or drop passes and on and on……

  36. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 29, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    cadreamer1969 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
    WOW! Why would a team go to an interim head coach when the team is leading their division with a 6-6 record has a 4-0 record within the division?

    ——-

    Perhaps because then have not beat a winning team?

    ———————-

    So what! The teams they have left to play could all not have winning records when the Cowboys play them. Chi is 6-6, LAR is 6-5, Phil is 5-6, Wash is 2-9.
    It’s exciting to see if the Cowboys can hang on and win the division. That’s why I enjoy football.

  37. With the exception of Elliott the Cowboys are a team full of good players. A very solid collection of good to really good players. You can win a lot of games with a team of really good players. But they have to play as a team because football, more than any other sports, is truly a team sport.

    A football team needs to have a raw intense emotional connection with each other. They have to make the play for their brothers. They have to make that tackle not because they want to, but because they HAVE to. They cannot fail their brothers.

    Call it culture. Call it leadership. Call it trust. Hell, you can even call it love. This element is what makes poorly skilled teams good teams. Well skilled teams playoff teams. Highly skilled teams champions. And this is where coaching and team captains come into the mix. I’m not sure the Cowboys have this going for them.

  38. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 29, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    steelbreeze676 says:
    November 29, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Only someone who knows nothing about football would suggest yanking the head coach in week 13.

    ——–

    Only someone who knows nothing about football would suggest that a team that is 0-5 against winning teams is still in the hunt for winning the SB
    ————————————————
    steelbreeze676 has you pegged. Dallas still is in the hunt and leads their division. That’s reality.

    The next 3 games for Dallas are against under performing teams with three “geniuses” as head coaches as deemed by the media.

  39. So Dak misses Zeke in the flat on an easy pass for 6 with an amazingly poor throw, bur nobody says boo about Dak blowing it, it’s all Jason this Jason that. But who thinks Jason had the authority to bench Dak or even say anything to him? Replacing Jason is window dressing, the dude is a figurehead.

  40. “Tight ends are intricately involved in both the running and passing game offensively. I think they make for an interesting head coach based on this hands on knowledge.

    Here are the three former NFL tight ends turned head coach and their records as a head coach.

    Ken Whisenhunt 47-81 record
    4-2 record in the playoffs (1 Super Bowl)

    Mike Tice 32-33
    1 and 1 in the playoffs.

    Mike Mularkey 36-53 record
    2-2 record in the playoffs

    Dan Campbell 5-7 record (interim head coach)”

  41. Dallas has plenty of talent. The ‘Boys are not consistent as a team. This team has underachieved all season. To me that’s mostly coaching and attitude. Garrett has never been a risk taker. He too conservative in his approach. I think that approach has affected the team. Many times you have to take risks to win in football.

    Everyone knows that sometimes Jerry is often his own worst enemy. That’s a fact Cowboys fans have to live with. Jerry is a Republican and most Republicans are conservative by nature. But you need to understand how Jerry made his money. Jerry was a wildcat driller. That how Jerry made the money to buy the Cowboys. As a wildcatter, you may have to drill over 20 wells, to finally hit a producing well. So, by being a wildcatter, you are a risk taker. I think that’s what is frustrating Jerry the most about Garrett. Garrett doesn’t like to take risks. Jerry know his time to win another Super Bowl is getting short. That adds to the frustration.

    Jerry simply doesn’t feel there is anybody on the current Cowboy staff to take over and make a difference if he fires Garrett now. I would have to think it would be Rod Marrinelli who would be the logical choice to take over if Jarry fired Garrett now. I believe Rod is going to retire at the end of this year anyway. That wouldn’t create any hard feelings among other coaches moving forward.

  42. Jerry Jones is a HOF owner who has won super bowls with 2 different coaches. Generally a team is only as good as its players, although we all give too much credit and too much blame to the coaches. The Cowboys’ head coaching job is one of the best in all of pro sports, so Jerry will take his time and do it right, rather than hurry up and do it wrong. Once the Cowboys are eliminated, Garrett could be let go. Jerry might have his eye on a college coach, and their season might not end until New Years Day, or later. Depending on the circumstances, they might hold off on any announcements until after the bowl games. I wonder if Mike Shanahan would want to coach. He’d love Dak Prescott. They could hire Mike right now.

  43. Jason Garrett will get a life time contract extension, so that he will be the Cowboys coach from now until he decides he has had enough of coaching and retires.

  44. Why doesn’t he give Barstool Big Cat or Chris Simms a shot at the head coaching job? They both seem to think they know more about football than anyone else, and the self proclaimed maven of football, Bruce Arian’s, already has a gig embarrassing the Tampa fans.

  45. Cole Beasley ripped the Cowboys. With the speed of defensive players QB’s need a Beasley, a Wes Welker, a Julian Edelman. Jones dumped him because he wanted $7 mil. Fact is Jones did not replace Beasley and it has hurt the Cowboys and Prescott badly. Now they’ve had to mis-use Zek as a check-off too much. They’ll win the division though.

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