Troy Aikman calls Cowboys’ handling of Jason Garrett situation ‘disappointing’
One Dallas Cowboys legend is not pleased with the whole Jason Garrett saga.
After news of Garrett’s firing broke on Sunday, FOX analyst Troy Aikman said that the way the Cowboys handled it was “disappointing.”
“He committed everything he had to the organization and to doing the best job that he could,” said Aikman, per The Athletic’s Jon Machota. “He made it a priority, he committed himself. Breakups are always hard, we all understand that at whatever level that they occur, but I don’t know that after all that he gave and committed to this organization that he received the same in return.
“When the organization was unwilling, for whatever reasons, and I don’t know the backstories to it all, but when the organization was unwilling to come out publicly and say that, ‘We are seeking a new coach,’ and yet at the same time, reports are coming out that they’re interviewing potential new candidates for the head coaching position, that’s disappointing,” Aikman continued. “I think in a lot of ways it shines a light on some of the dysfunction, if you will, within the organization and kind of how they got to the point that they’re in now.”
Indeed, the Cowboys dragged out their decision on Garrett for roughly a week, as rumors about big-name replacements swirled. That approach is in contrast to that of teams like the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, who announced the dismissals of their coaches as soon as the season ended. However, a report said the reason for that was Garrett was lobbying to keep his job, so that would put the blame for the situation on him.
As for Aikman, he is good friends with Garrett and was even teammates with him on the Cowboys from 1993 to 1999. This is not the first time that the Pro Football Hall of Famer has ripped into his former team in recent weeks either.