The Dallas Cowboys made more head-scratching decisions in their latest disappointing loss on Sunday, but Jason Garrett insists they were calculated and not the result of disorganization.
The Cowboys had the ball at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 23-yard line trailing 17-9 with 1:26 left in the game. After Prescott threw an incomplete pass intended for Amari Cooper on third down, both Cooper and Randall Cobb were subbed out of the game for 4th-and-8. Cobb had been effective in the game prior to that with five catches for 73 yards, and many wondered if Cooper was hurt. He said he was not.
“The coaches took me out,” Cooper told reporters after the game, via David Helman of Cowboys.com. “I just ran a deep ball and they took me out.”
In an interview on 105.3 The Fan Monday morning, Garrett confirmed that Cooper was pulled off the field. He said the Cowboys intentionally went with a two-tight end set for the play and got the look they wanted but failed to execute.
While that may reflect poorly on offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, it certainly doesn’t help Garrett’s cause. It’s hard to justify not having two of your top receivers on the field for a must-convert 4th-and-8, though questionable decisions have become the norm for Garrett in what will likely be his final season in Dallas.
Garrett also decided not to go for it late in the game on 4th-and-1 when he punted and 4th-and-4 when he opted for a field goal. The Cowboys could have clinched the NFC East with a win, and now they need two things to happen in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs. Garrett could, in theory, save his job if Dallas gets into the postseason and makes a run, but there’s no reason to expect that to happen at this point.
The Dallas Cowboys have been in a tailspin lately but still have a shot to make the playoffs thanks to the poor quality of the NFC East this season.
Dallas has lost three in a row and four of their last five. But they’re still tied for the division lead at 6-7.
Jason Garrett is trying to break the team’s slump and came up with a new way to do it: motivate his players with a highlight reel to show them how good they can be.
Garrett is in a difficult spot due to a lack of support from Jerry Jones. He will have a difficult time reaching players who recognize the coach has little authority since he is unlikely to be back next year. But the one thing he might be able to do is help motivate them, and this is one way to do it.
Jerry Jones better hope it works, since the owner’s comments really threw off the team.
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Dallas Cowboys over the past few weeks, and it seems like only a matter of time before they are searching for a new head coach. However, they are still in a prime position to make the playoffs, and that could be the first step toward Jason Garrett keeping his job.
There have been various reports about how far Garrett would need to lead the Cowboys into the postseason in order to get an extension from the team, and the latest from Ian Rapoport of sounds a bit more reasonable. According to the NFL Media insider, Dallas may keep Garrett if they advance to the NFC Championship Game.
That is consistent with what Troy Aikman suggested earlier in the season, and he has strong ties to the Cowboys organization. Another report claimed Garrett will be out unless Dallas wins the Super Bowl, but that seems overly dramatic. It’s almost impossible to envision a team parting ways with a coach that just won a conference championship.
For any of that to matter, the Cowboys need to drastically improve their play. They have looked uninspired during their current three-game losing streak, and that may have a lot to do with the way Jerry Jones has publicly bashed Garrett and his coaching staff. All that said, the Cowboys remain on top in the NFC East with a 6-7 record. They don’t exactly have to shock the world in order to make the playoffs, and we have seen teams get hot at the right moment plenty of times.
If Dallas does move on from Garrett, they may already have their sights set on one specific head coaching candidate.
The Dallas Cowboys look like they’re folding with four losses in their past five games, but Jerry Jones still does not plan to make a head coaching change.
Jones spoke with reporters after the Cowboys’ 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and said Jason Garrett would continue to be the head coach next week.
Unless Garrett comes down with some serious illness, it sounds like he will continue. And that means Jones is sticking by his word.
Jones has said he will not fire Garrett during the season, although he has not given the coach any endorsement beyond the season.
One has to wonder what good it does to say you will stand by a coach for the remainder of the season but not anything beyond that? The message to the players becomes: why should I listen to this guy when he won’t even be around next year? Jones doesn’t seem to realize the negative effect his words, though he does seem to be seeing it through the poor product on the field.
It does not seem like all that long ago that Jerry Jones was enthusiastically defending Jason Garrett against talk that the head coach was on the hot seat, but the Dallas Cowboys owner is now continuously fueling the speculation that Garrett’s days with the team are numbered.
Jones was asked during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday about the names being floated around as potential head coaching candidates for the Cowboys next year. He didn’t exactly take the opportunity to throw support behind Garrett. In fact, he would only say that he believes Garrett will be “coaching in the NFL next year.”
If you had any doubt that Garrett was on the verge of losing his job, that should probably be enough to convince you.
Jones has been openly frustrated with the way the Cowboys have played this season, as he believes the roster in place is far better than the team’s 6-6 record indicates. He was highly critical of Garrett following a loss to the New England Patriots two weeks ago, and he then looked disgusted when shown on TV during the Cowboys’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day.
Garrett is coaching out the final year of his contract, so Dallas would not have to fire him if they decided to go in another direction. One report claims Garrett will need to pull off an amazing feat in order to keep his job.
The likelihood of Jason Garrett losing his job is increasing by the week, and the belief is that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is planning to make a big splash to replace him. If the two sides do end up parting ways, it has become clear that Lincoln Riley will be a name to watch.
Riley is considered one of the top candidates to become the next head coach of the Cowboys. As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted on Sunday, the Jones family has a close relationship with Riley from when Riley recruited Jones’ grandson, former top high school QB prospect John Stephen Jones.
“Lincoln Riley did an in-home visit with the Joneses, and it was at that point that they realized how brilliant he was,” Rapoport said. “They watched film together and it went extremely well.”
John Stephen Jones eventually ended up at Arkansas after Riley tried to get him to walk on at Oklahoma, but there is a mutual level of respect between Riley and the Jones family.
Riley has repeatedly said that he loves it at Oklahoma and has no plans to leave, but the Cowboys’ head coaching job is one of the most prestigious in all of sports. Dallas is certainly not the only NFL team that would try to hire Riley away from the Sooners, but the job is likely one of the few — if not the only — that the 36-year-old would strongly consider.
Young, offensive-minded NFL head coaches like Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur have made Riley an even hotter commodity with the early success they enjoyed with their teams. The Cowboys are still very much in the playoff hunt at 6-6 and are in first in the NFC East, but the latest report we heard about Garrett’s job security does not sound promising for him. Riley would bring the type of excitement and positive reaction to Dallas that Jones is always seeking.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained that he is not going to fire head coach Jason Garrett during the regular season, and apparently that assurance extends to the rest of the team’s coaching staff as well.
Following Thursday’s 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Jones stood by Garrett and said he still believes the Cowboys can make a deep playoff run despite their 6-6 record. There has been speculation that perhaps assistant coaches or coordinators could lose their job this week, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they are safe as well — for now.
The Cowboys have lost three of four games, but the NFC East has been weak this season. They still have a very good chance to win the division and reach the playoffs, so it makes sense that Jones does not want to make a major change with his team still very much in the hunt.
The offseason could be a much different story. Garrett is in the final year of his contract, and there is a growing belief that the Cowboys will part ways with him if he cannot lead the team on a deep playoff run. One report even claimed Dallas has to win the Super Bowl for Garrett to keep his job.
Jones was highly critical of Garrett following last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, and it does not seem like the head coach or players are responding positively to that. That’s likely why the Cowboys owner stood behind Garrett following the latest loss, but things are still trending toward a coaching change in Dallas.
Frustrated Dallas Cowboys fans are out for blood after the team’s Thanksgiving loss at home to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, but Jerry Jones is not prepared to give them that satisfaction.
Jones stood by head coach Jason Garrett after the 26-15 loss and said he was not going to make a coaching change. Jones added he believes the team can still make a deep playoff run despite being 6-6.
Jones’ words came after an ESPN report earlier in the day said Jones would not fire Garrett during the season.
The Cowboys have lost three of four, and Garrett seems to be pressing. After not going for a key fourth down at the end of the 13-9 loss to the Patriots, Garrett went for it twice against Buffalo, including once in the third quarter when the situation was not as dire compared to the one against New England. Jones did not have a good reaction to it.
Dallas’ remaining games are: at Chicago, home vs. the Rams, at Philly and home vs. the Redskins to finish the season. They might have to go 3-1 — and beat the Eagles — in order to win the division. That does seem doable despite their recent run.
Jason Garrett’s job status has been a consistent topic of discussion lately since his contract is expiring after the season. Though the Dallas Cowboys may be considering replacing him as their head coach, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Ed Werder reported on Thursday that Garrett will not be replaced midseason.
Garrett has been the team’s head coach since 2011. He actually replaced Wade Phillips midway through the 2010 season, which was the only time the Cowboys fired a coach midway through the season.
Even if Garrett keeps his job for the season, that doesn’t mean much. Owner Jerry Jones had some criticism for the team’s coaches after the loss to the Patriots last week. Various reports have suggested all along that he would need a Super Bowl run in order to keep his position.
Dallas entered Thursday’s game against Buffalo with a 6-5 record.
Jerry Jones has all but admitted that Jason Garrett needs to finish the season strong in order to return as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys next year, but apparently merely reaching the playoffs or even making a deep postseason run would not be enough.
The Cowboys need to win the Super Bowl for Garrett to earn a contract extension, sources told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. The belief is that Jones is ready to make a head coaching change due to the underachievement of the team of the past few seasons, and the new hire would likely be a flashy one.
According to Freeman, Urban Meyer and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the two names at the top of Jones’ list. Sean Payton has also been mentioned as a possibility, though it seems unlikely that he would leave the New Orleans Saints after he recently signed a massive extension.
Jones has defended Garrett publicly on numerous occasions in the past, but he was highly critical of him and the Cowboys’ coaching staff following Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Garrett is clearly coaching for his job down the stretch, and Jones said in an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Wednesday that he will continue to support his head coach but needs to see results.
“The bottom line is we get graded. I’m in business. I don’t have to win the Super Bowl in business every year. I can come in sixth and have a hell of a year. But in this case, you’ve got to come in first,” Jones said. “You’ve got to come in first. So fundamentally, you’ve asked for something that’s a very narrow window to begin with. I want Jason to get it done.”
Garrett’s response to questions about the criticism from Jones may not have said a whole lot, but he is smart enough to understand the situation. The Cowboys have a talented roster that they have dumped a lot of money into, and Dak Prescott is having an MVP-caliber season. They made some embarrassing coaching blunders against New England, and that reflects poorly on Garrett.
It would be hard to imagine the Cowboys moving on from Garrett if they reach the Super Bowl or even the NFC Championship Game, but that could depend upon the availability of other candidates. If Jones has his sights set on someone like Meyer and Meyer is interested, it may be championship or bust for Garrett.