Troy Aikman: Jason Garrett is focused on today while Jerry Jones talks Super Bowl

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Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman thinks Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones have mismatched messages in their approach to the team.

Aikman noted on KTCK-AM that Garrett likes to focus on the immediate task at hand, and when Jones comes out and talks about making a fairy tale run to the Super Bowl, it undermines that message from Garrett.

“We’ve got a head coach who we know for 10 years has been saying, ‘We’re focused on Tuesday. Today. That’s all we’re worried about is having the best practice today that we can possibly have.’ And that’s been his messaging throughout, and the owner’s talking about getting on a run to win the Super Bowl,” Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. “You’ve got a head coach who comes down and says we’re going to evaluate the kicker, and then the front office says right after that – probably in a press conference right outside the locker room – that they weren’t evaluating the kicker. All those things have an impact, and it slowly trickles down. So, I think there are a lot of factors that have played into this – coaching, obviously hasn’t been great at times in certain situations, players haven’t played great, but the front office hasn’t been great in allowing the head coach to do his job, either.”

Aikman has known both Jones and Garrett a long time: Aikman was the Cowboys’ first draft pick after Jones bought the team in 1989, and Garrett was Aikman’s backup for seven seasons. Aikman seems to think the two men are not well matched.

41 responses to “Troy Aikman: Jason Garrett is focused on today while Jerry Jones talks Super Bowl

  1. There is a huge dichotomy here.HC has to take and prepare for one game at a time.Owner/GM wants a superbowl …now…the two do not coincide and any potential HC candidate for Dallas is going to run headlong into this meat grinder. That is the main reason that a good quality candidate is only going to be a Jerry Jones…yes man….just like Jason Garrett.

  2. Bottom line is….for 25 years Jones has been obsessed to show the world he can win a super bowl without a Jimmy Johnson built team.
    He can’t do it and it’s eating him alive.

  3. Owners don’t want to win Super Bowls for their team or fans. They just want to satisfy their massive egos by hoisting the Lombardi while the confetti is falling. Their souls are empty because, in the twilight of their years, they finally understand that their billions can’t buy the trophy……or happiness or love. Jones is just an older version of J. Irsay.

  4. Um, what?

    Owners and CEOs don’t focus on just the next day – the point is to plan for the long-term, for the season and the next 4-5 years. Head coaches and your supervisor are there to focus on day-to-day stuff.

    Seems like both guys are doing EXACTLY what they’re supposed to be doing, and we’re supposed to be “outraged”??

  5. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the owner coming out and saying his expectations is winning the Super Bowl.

    You don’t think Kraft/Belichick doesn’t tell his players their ultimate goal is winning the Super Bowl every year?!? Why do you even think they play the game??

  6. Sounds like Aikman spent 4 paragraphs trying to tell Jerry to stop giving press conferences without trying to sound like he’s saying that.

  7. The media has asked since training camp about at least trying out
    another kicker, everyone know Maher sucks and earlier in the season
    Garrett said he was happy with him. So if Garrett doesn’t even
    have the authority that’s on Jerry, but if you are suppose to be
    head coach, Garrett should have at least stood up to Jerry or
    he is too blind to see Maher sucks?

  8. I am surprised Aikman isn’t in a front office type capacity somewhere. I think he seems pretty level headed and smart. I can also see why he wouldn’t want to do this for the Cowboys while Jones is still muddling around the team. He probably gets paid a pretty penny for broadcasting games, not sure if he would make much more doing the front office thing for probably 1/10th of the stress and scrutiny.

  9. To the poster up there comparing Jones/Garrett to Kraft/Belichick you are exactly right , only Differnce is Jones sounds like a whiny little Timmy. And little Timmy ran off big Jimmy before he could win more SBs.

  10. Who better to comment on this than Aikman? Good for him.

    You’d think Jerry would take this to heart and learn, but he won’t. Narcissism is a hell of a drug.

  11. chastain00 says:
    December 4, 2019 at 8:28 am

    To the poster up there comparing Jones/Garrett to Kraft/Belichick you are exactly right , only Differnce is Jones sounds like a whiny little Timmy. And little Timmy ran off big Jimmy before he could win more SBs.
    —————————————————————————————————————————
    That entire storyline of Brady forcing Garappolo out is a total media fabrication. It never happened. Patriots stuck with the proven commodity over the guy who at that time had 5 games under his belt. Looks like the right decision since they went to 2 SBs since. Jimmy G was going to be a free agent in a few months and rather than let him walk for free they got what they could and shipped him out of the conference. 49ers could have signed him a few months later without giving up any picks.
    If the 49ers had waited a few months they could have signed him for no picks.

  12. Aikman makes a very valid point,and anyone who is a football fan can see what he is talking about. The problem is that Jerry Jones is not going to change.Ever.

  13. Brett Maher can kick a football through the side of a barn. Problem is, he can’t hit the barn.

  14. Jones should just hire a GM, sit back and relax for a couple years. If that doesn’t turn out better or becomes worse then he can take the reigns back. Let’s face it, Jones put together a pretty decent team as GM but too much meddling is what’s bringing the team down. You could almost say Dallas is a good coach away from being competitive each year as long as Jones keeps his nose out of everyone’s business.

  15. Always appreciate when an analyst tells me whose fault it is by taking a firm stance on the fence.

  16. …sorry, Dak is not a super bowl caliber QB, and please don’t talk about passing yardage: check out how many times the passing yardage leader in the regular season has won the super bowl…

  17. akira1971 says:
    December 4, 2019 at 7:21 am
    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the owner coming out and saying his expectations is winning the Super Bowl.

    You don’t think Kraft/Belichick doesn’t tell his players their ultimate goal is winning the Super Bowl every year?!? Why do you even think they play the game??
    —————————————–
    I agree to a point. The main difference is Jones has like 2 radio appearances each week as well as a press conference after every game, while you don’t hear a peep out of Kraft in the press.

  18. carloswlassiter says:

    That entire storyline of Brady forcing Garappolo out is a total media fabrication. It never happened.

    ______________

    Belichick wanted Jimmy.
    So Tommy went to Krafty and had him Garappoloed out of town.
    Deny it all you want, but it doesn’t change what happened.

  19. Troy is right, but basically Jerry is saying Garrett has to make it to the SB or he is fired! Jerry is the owner, Garrett is the one who has to figure it out and for the past 10 years he has not! Bye bye Garrett!!!

  20. As long as Jerrah owns the team, the head coach is going to have to be a puppet. The last Dallas coach who wasn’t a puppet was Jimmy Johnson, and Jerrah’s ego was too strong for both men to co-exist. Garrett is probably a goner, but the next Cowboys coach will have to kowtow to Jerrah’s ego just as Garrett has done. It’s how things are in Dallas. Billionaire egos like Jerrah’s are huge, and Jerrah will die trying to prove he can win a Super Bowl without Jimmy Johnson. It’s not gonna happen, but he’ll still die trying.

  21. Aikman’s right, never thought Garrett was that bad a coach. He has an owner who is interviewed after every game for his take on the teams performance and players, decides on who Garrett will have for assistance coaches and players. Believe it was Parcells who said to Kraft when he was with the Pats … you want me to cook the meal but not buy the groceries.

  22. Ache man thinks he’s got a say in it. And he says a lot. Especially when he and Buck do the Cowboys game every week. It’s tiresome. The dude was the QB. He isn’t an owner. Maybe he should go away? Hah, too much entertainment value.

  23. After Aikman signed his $50 million contract, then Jones dismissed (fired) Johnson, he said, “If I’d known it would be like this, I wouldn’t have signed.”

    Yeah, but that’s life in the NFL, especially with the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman won Super Bowls, and what did Jones give him? A hollowed out team incapable of advancing beyond the wild card round.

    Aikman has an affinity for Garrett, because they were teammates. I get that. Garrett came off the third string bench to beat the Packers on Thanksgiving in 1995, which propelled Aikman to his third Super Bowl.

    But that’s Garrett’s lone achievement in the NFL. That’s why Aikman supports him. But as a head coach, Garrett has been a failure. Neither Aikman nor Jones will admit it, but Garrett is not coaching material. He’s just not.

  24. The cowboys will never win a super bowl again as long as Jones insists on this charade of him being a football man. The cowboys have basically become a shrine to his rapacious self-aggrandizement and delusion. He still can’t stand that it was Jimmie Johnson that won all those Super Bowls and not him. It’s eaten away at his soul for over 25 years now and I feel sad for their fan base that as long as this clown is in charge they won’t win a thing.

  25. Aikman was awesome during the game last night – continually pointing out the lack of originality for the defense (and offense). Dallas has made a habit of making second tier QB’s look HOF worthy and the continued lack of a running game (tied to the poor accuracy of late for Dak) is a coaching problem. Dak just isn’t seasoned enough to carry the team – they need Zeke and the running game to re-assert themselves.

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