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.
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.
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.
Jerry Jones: "We'll line them up here next week, we're gonna go practice and we're gonna try to win a football game. Everybody that's in here that's healthy will be playing and everybody who is in here coaching will be coaching. We just got to play better."
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.”
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan said he’s seen list of rumored candidates to be the Cowboys’ coach in 2020, “but they can’t guarantee me or my fans a Super Bowl.” Believes Garrett has skill set to lead a team there. “In my opinion, Jason 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.
From @NFLGameDay: The #Cowboys won't fire Jason Garrett midseason, but why is #Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley a name to watch if they do? The Jones family already is close to Riley thanks to the courtship of walk-on QB John Stephen Jones… who ended up at Arkansas. pic.twitter.com/qgUgSexs9h
“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.
When #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there would be no coaching change involving Jason Garrett today, you can extend that to assistant coaches. I’m told no changes are expected for the assistants today, either.
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.
Jerry Jones is emotional while talking to reporters. Tears in his eyes. “I’m not going to make a coaching change.” Jones said he still believes this team can make a deep playoff run. He said they have zero chance of doing that without Jason Garrett
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.
Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones and EVP Stephen Jones plan to allow Jason Garrett to finish the season as the team’s head coach — no matter what, a high-ranking source familiar with their thinking told @WerderEdESPN.
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.